Originally Posted by Adenium
Hi guys, I'm trying to plan vaccinations for my chicks and need some advice. Since we're getting 4 silkies that can't be vaccinated at the hatchery I thought of ordering the Marek's vaccine and doing it myself for them and the 3 standard fowl we added.
I tried searching UCONN's poultry pages to get info on Marek's prevalence in this area but no luck. Funny enough, one of their reference links is to this site! I thought if anything UCONN would be the source for accurate local info, but they just paste links to other general info sites from all over the country. Google was not so helpful either.
So, any of you have an idea of how common Marek's is here? Did you all vaccinate? Did you include vaccination for anything else? I don't think it'll be a big deal to do the shots myself (I'm a nurse) but I am a little apprehensive about having to poke itty bitty delicate Silkie chicks. I want to keep them safe and will vaccinate if it's warranted, but I just don't know. Our property was developed 10 years ago and has never had poultry unless it was back in the olden days when the stone walls were built, but of course we have plenty of wild birds that could transmit.
Seems like many folks don't vaccinate unless they or someone they know has been subjected to Marek's - it's one of those gambles that really stinks if you lose. Clearly I have too much time to spend researching and worrying while waiting for my chicks. I need them to get here already!
Marek's disease is everywhere so it can not be avoided the Silkies are especially vulnerable I vaccinate all of my chicks for Marek's I haven't vaccinated for any other diseases. Research is good you will be prepared instead of blindsided if something comes up. I was nervous the first time I vaccinated day old Silkies too they are so small, it was not as bad as I had anticipated being as small as they are they don't fight and that makes it a whole lot easier.
Originally Posted by new chick 203
I'm curious about this too. I was told early on that you have to vaccinate in the first couple of days for it to work and that the amount of vaccine you have to buy isn't worth it for the average BYC person. Also, I got the impression that the vaccines that they give at the hatcheries aren't injected, but I can't remember where I got that.
I have vaccinated at a few weeks old if I had a second hatch closely behind and did all the chicks at one time. The vaccine can be given at any age but the earlier the better and it must be administered at least two weeks before any exposure to the virus to be effective. That being said the virus is everywhere.