Anyone vaccinate their OWN hatched chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CritterFarmer, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. CritterFarmer

    CritterFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2009
    While watching the Dirty Jobs episode on sexing chicks they showed the day-olds getting the needle for Mereks disease and it made me wonder....

    For those who incubate and hatch their own chicks do you (or can you??) vacinate the chicks for Mereks???

    I'm not looking for debates on if you should or not.... rather I'm just curious if there is a method available for the backyard breeder to vaccinate day-olds?
  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    There was a big thread on this recently.

    Try the search button in the blue banner at the top. Search for vaccinating chicks or I think the thread was "Reasons why you do or do not vaccinate".
    Something like that.
    Lots of info. in that thread.
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
  4. Kimiko

    Kimiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    There is--you can purchase the vaccine. It's relatively easy to give if you're used to giving injections and have someone who is good at restraint. It MUST be given the first day and once it's mixed up, you have to use it within 1-4 hours (depends on maker etc).

    The vaccine comes in 1000 dose vials. there are various posts about breaking up the cake to use later etc. I'm not going to comment on that.
  5. CritterFarmer

    CritterFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2009
    Alright.... well I'm just sort of curious if it is a "common practice" thing or if people just let their home-hatched day-olds fend for themselves, especially if they have plans to raise and sell the birds later or something.

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