Chicken pox...Again. Vaccinate chicks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jheila, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Jheila

    Jheila New Egg

    Sep 19, 2014
    I first dealt with pox when we got our very first chickens, and we took care of it immediately by taking the three affected to the vet. Now, sadly, the vet is closed on the weekends, so I want to do as much as I can before I can take them.
    Since vaccinating our first flock, we've added some new members. They've been here for a couple months now, and one of the buffs has scabs developing (just noticed today thankfully)
    I know it's just supposed to run its course, but one of the vaccinated hens has 9 baby chicks. They hatched April 2nd, so pretty young. I've vaccinated teenagers before, but not chicks. Should I vaccinate them if they've already been exposed? I don't know what to do. We started with 13 chicks, lost one due to unknown causes, two more due to them leaving and getting eaten, and another due to, well, she just disappeared! I can't lose any more, I know it breaks the momma hens and my heart.

    Here's what I'm thinking about doing, we just got in two baby silkies too, and I can't lose them either, it's just so painful.
    1. Isolate the hen with scabs (probably with her sister? They're inseparable, plus they could keep each other company)
    2. Bring the momma hen and chicks inside. Maybe vaccinate the chicks? Probably with the silkie chicks too.
    3. Vaccinate the new birds who most likely haven't caught it yet. This would be two barred rocks, a leghorn, two laced wayndottes, and maybe the buffs sister. Not sure if it would do any good if I put the sister with the infected one though.

    What would you guys do? Mainly I'm asking if I can vaccinate chicks that might of been exposed. Would it make the disease worsen?
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I think you must mean Fowl Pox :) . i have never vaccinated for it, just allowed it to run its course, similar to what you would normally do for chicken pox in people.

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