Did I vaccinate 47 chickens WRONG? Should I redo quickly or wait?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bedste, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vaccinated for fowl pox because DF has lost 4 chickens and now I have a 8 weeker with the same fowl pox. I got my instructions from the feedstore and loaded each dose properly and then barely pricked the meaty part of the skin by the armpit on each bird. I left a blue mark from the vaccine but in thinking back ... how do I even know if the vaccine went in? The needle was so big and I did not stick it all the way through. NOW I find out that I was suppossed to go THROUGH the winged web. I had no idea. Did I completely waste my time this morning? I want to make sure that the girls are vaccinated. Should I hurry and purchase more and do it right? It will be very difficult to check each bird and make sure that they are scabbing in a week. It would be easier to double vaccinate if it wont hurt them. Is it possible that they all got vaccinated?
     
  2. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am afraid I don't have your answer but I was wondering if you contacted the feed store where you got the vaccines if they would know or if there is a contact number on the box you purchased they could advise you on the best course of action here.
    Good luck.
     
  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    if they were not all wet afterwards I would say it went in. I would not worry and I would not do it again. When I have missed with my mareks vacine I could tell right away cause they got all wet in that area it was obvious it had not gone in. It really doesnt matter where you put it I dont think in this case but I could be wrong I dont know about that particular vacine.
     
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  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    What were the instructions on how to vaccinate them? Did it specify to put the dosage under the skin, on the skin, in the muscle, or in the wing vein? It doesn't take much virus to become infected/vaccinated, as long as you got it in the right tissue/area for the type of administration the drug was intended for. Most of the vaccine liquid is "filler".
     
  5. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The feed store did not give me the written instructions and they told me to put it in the meat of the armpit..... I had so much trouble finding a spot with no bone. It was horrible. The needle POINT made a blue/green dot.... but when I looked at the needle the medicine is about a 1/2 inch higher and there is NO WAY any got in any of the 47 birds .... all that work.

    DF purchase MORE from a better feed store in Cleveland and they not only gave us the instructions, they also charged half the price. It cost me nearly $10 at Conroe Feeders Supply and they also charged me an additional $1 for the dilution liquid. DF got the same exact product for less than $6 and that included the bottle of dilution liquid.

    So all birds are actually vaccinated finally the proper way. Through the wing webbing.. GOD PLEASE LET IT WORK!

    After Vaccinating.... two hours later.... i went out with scrambled eggs for them and noticed ANOTHER outbreak on one of the girls. They have all been vaccinated. Should I pull her out?
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That's one thing about vaccinations, they usually work best when given before exposure. Since they are all exposed already, they are likly going to build up their own immunities to their exposure, and immunity to the virus fraction presented in the vaccine. All you can really do is hope and wait.
     
  8. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank YOU GOD!

    I went out side to find the runny eyed buff so I could pull her away from the flock and she is better. Yesterday when I checked them 2 hours after vaccinating, she had a horrible runny eye and pink 1/2 of her face... a DF suggested I pull her and separate her so I was looking for her to do just that. I am so thankful that I vaccinated the entire flock. I can just barely tell that she is the one that had the runny eye .... and there is no dark pinkness today. PRAISE the LORD!

    BB (bathroom buff) this morning has one eye completely closed from the pox this morning and her face is totally dark pink... but she is still eating and drinking high protein diet and bottled water.


    Thanks for all your prayers and support and suggestions. I plan on keeping BB separated till totally healed. I expect to see her looking better and better each day. I saw her bad eye open when I was doctoring her... she has a pox right on it bless her heart, and a face full of neosporine. NON painrelieving.....of course.
     
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  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    With most vaccinations that are several to select from (usually not at the same store, however), and depending on the type (not disease), the cost can vary significantly. Vaccination method also varies.

    There are actually several pox illnesses, and vaccination can be with one of the milder forms (as a live virus) or as a modified live virus of a more virulent form (modified to reduce virulence). Merck has a pretty thorough discussion.
     
  10. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the two vaccinations were exactly the same name and brand and doses 1,000 ....


    But thanks for the info. I am just so glad that the Flock are all better today and there are no real signs of the pox in any of them except the hint of a eye in that one buff.

    It remains to be seen how BB will be each day. I am hopeful that each day the buff in the bathroom who has been the only sick one, will improve.

    Thanks again.
     

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