Do chickens need vaccinations?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bsntomsn, May 13, 2011.

  1. bsntomsn

    bsntomsn Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2011
    I am applying for a permit to have chickens in my urban backyard. I am trying to determine if chickens need vaccinations?
  2. Annie84

    Annie84 Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    Columbus, MN
    I had mine vaccinated for Marek's Disease and coccidiosis before the hatchery shipped them to me. From what I've read, looks like that Marek's Disease is something REALLY important to vaccinate against.
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida

    I have never vaccinated any of my birds and they have all been very healthy. <knocking on wood> [​IMG]
  4. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    This is the best answer I have.

    If you buy chicks from a hatchery you can have them vaccinated for Mereks.
    And I think usually what you buy from the feed store have been.
    If you buy from an individual they most likely won't be.
    You feed chicks medicated feed until they reach poiint of lay and that takes care of most stuff. a search on here and you will get more informed answers than mine.

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