Buying Day Old Chicks-Do I Vaccinate, and If so, with what?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by baabs9698, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. baabs9698

    baabs9698 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are seriously considering adding to our flock, after we are done with the "pox" here. We want to avoid the kinds of problems chickens can have, if possible. I know there are vaccines our there, and I'm wondering which we should do, when, etc.

    Previously we have raised ducks and they seem immune to everything. In 10 years we have only had one duck die from disease, and that was a duck that kept having seizures. So....this chicken illness is new to me and I want to protect my birds, if possible. Is there a good guide, manual and/or book I can get, or perhaps a good website? We will probably add in the spring, so we have time to study!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    thank you! What does the ACV do?
     
  4. sumi

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    Helps the chickens absorb nutrients better, improves overall health and appearance, improves egg production, helps prevent pasty butt in chicks (poop clogging up their bums, can be fatal in small chicks), the list goes on. Here's a good thread about it:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/50488/apple-cider-vinegar-organic-treatments

    I started giving it to my chicks after I lost some to pasty butt. Never seen such healthy little chicks. I gave my older chickens some as well and the hens started laying better within 2 days. Needless to say I'm a fan! See if you can get the organic one with the "mother" in it. that's the best, though the ordinary one you get at the supermarket also works quite well. That's the one I used.
     
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    what is pasty butt? lol Seems a nice easy and very beneficial supplement!
     
  6. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pasty butt is just messy poop stuck on the butt that can kill a chick. It needs to be gently cleaned off.

    The vaccine I recommend is the coccidiosis vaccine. You can usually buy it in chick starter feed.
     

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