EEE kills three cassowary chicks, who vaccinates?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by ES Emus, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. It was reported today that three cassowary chicks in the Norfolk (VA) Zoo have died after being infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis. As ratite owners, do you vaccinate against this mosquito transmitted threat?
  2. Ellamumu

    Ellamumu Chirping

    Mar 15, 2013
    I have asked 2 vets up here in NH and neither seems to know about this, my horse is vaccinated ,but when I asked her about my emus she said she didn't know about vaccinating emus.
  3. Tony K T

    Tony K T Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    You may want to contact the University of New Hampshire lab as they do testing for other states.
    In N.H.,Tony.
  4. briefvisit

    briefvisit Songster

    Nov 9, 2013
    ES, FYI, there is a vet near me who has volunteered to offer advice to us. Hitched to town with him. Had great conversation 'cause he hunts in a geographical area that actually overlaps my old observation area.

  5. Nicophorus

    Nicophorus Chirping

    Aug 19, 2011
    Central Florida
    Yes I vaccinate my emus once a year at the same time I do my Donkey. Truthfully though if I had a lot of emus I might not, because the three way vaccine I use is not exactly cheep.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014
  6. Ellamumu

    Ellamumu Chirping

    Mar 15, 2013
    Finally got my 2 boys vaccinated for triple E, its a little late in the year but at least they will be all set for spring, it wasn't cheap though, with the barn call and the exam it ended up being 180.00 for 2 birds and she still has to come back in 3 weeks for a booster.
  7. dang!
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I vaccinate twice a year here in FL. You can by a 10 vial dose for around $70-80 from Jeffers or just singles at your local feed store.. I also do West Nile when threat is high. I know a farm that lost most of their emu to EEE. I also had a mini come down with it even vaccinated...but she survived because of vaccination. I sit emu down and inject into thick of thigh

    As endangered as cass are, I'm surprised they didn't vaccinate
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2014

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