Get them vaccinated or not?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texas_chick, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked at hatcheries and am confused by the Marek's disease thing.
    My Pet Chicken seems to recommend the vaccine but some other hatcheries like IDEAL seem to offer them but advocate against them.
    All the info I found so far are about the disease itself.
    Can somebody enlighten me about the pros and cons of the vax please?
    Also are there 'natural' ways to decrease the chance of the birds to get this disease?
     
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  2. gapeachy

    gapeachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know an answer to this also....I ordered my chicks thru mt healthy and I got them all vaccinated
     
  3. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting all mine (13) from Ideal vaccinated.
     
  4. ddeans

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I hatch my own chickens I don't vaccinate them. If I order chicks from a hatchery then I do request that they be vaccinated.
     
  5. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's what I am referring to.
    That's from Ideal Poultry.
    Obviously you wouldn't want your pet chicken's peak cut off, etc. but I was wondering what the risks were in regards to Mareks Vax. Is it just not needed in small flocks? Is it a disease that's more triggered by stress and overcrowding?
     
  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Holy cow, ddeans - I just saw your signature! I guess you no longer count as small flock! LOL
     
  7. ddeans

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Worst part is.. Its out dated. I have about 120 in the brooder shed.. That doesn't count the 80+ that are outside...
     
  8. ddeans

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There we go... All updated.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] I don't personally have my chicks vaccinated, but I do feed them medicated Starter/Grower feed until they start laying at which time I switch over to straight Layer feed. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Feeding medicated chick starter won't do a thing with regards to Marek's.
    Medicated chick starter aids in the prevention of and development of immunity to coccidiosis, which is a protozoan parasite. Some hatcheries offer the coccidiosis vaccine, in which case you wouldn't feed medicated chick starter.
    I emailed Teri @ Ideal Poultry when I was trying to decide whether to vaccinate for Marek's or not. Based on my situation - no local outbreaks of Marek's and the fact that I intend to maintain a small, closed flock (meaning the only new chickens I get will come from my present birds), I decided against the vaccine.
    You can check with your local county extension office to see how big of a problem Marek's has been in your area.
    Edited for spelling.
     
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