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HELP! Brooding vaccinated chicks with non vaccinated?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Vanislandchick, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Vanislandchick

    Vanislandchick In the Brooder

    May 20, 2010
    Vancouver Island
    Can you brood chicks that have been vaccinated for mareks with chicks that have not been vaccinated? Unthinking, I put a few day olds together - half have been vacc'd, half have not (they are from different sources).

    Lord I feel sick to my stomach thinking that I might have exposed my little babies to mareks [​IMG]

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Stop worrying. You did absolutely no harm. The Marek's vaccination is actually Turkey Marek's, not chicken Marek's. It is not contagious to other chicks.

    The Marek's vaccination does not prevent them from getting Marek's. It prevents the lesions from growing that does the damage. Chickens that have been vaccinated for Marek's can still catch Marek's. All the vaccine does is stop them from being damaged by it.

    You did absolutely no harm.
  3. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    i always thought we needed to wait a few weeks, would love to just have one brooder, how did this turn out for you? anyone else done it?

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