Originally Posted by dischick
So I am new to chickens for keeps (we used to raise just for meat) and I purchased 8 chicks from Coastal. Ive reading about Marek's and am considering vaccinating even though they may have been exposed. Has this disease been prevalent in the SE Portland area? I'm in Jennings Lodge. I wondering if I should just start over with some hatchery birds that are vaccinated. Reading all this dos or don'ts is freaking me out!! Overall, my birds have been healthy and fine.
Welcome Dischick -
We do not vaccinate our chickens and haven't seem any problem yet (this is only our 5th month in raising chickens). We do have chickens ranges from 2 weeks to 3 years old, but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be a problem.
For the last couple of months on our forum I have only read of 1 case of Marek and that was close to coastal Oregon. As you have read Marek is very damaging to a flock. Understanding the damager I'm still not vaccinating our flock, not because of being stubborn, but rather, I have always like the idea of natural section. At the same time I respect those that does protective of their flock.