How many breeders vaccinate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by capsicum, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. capsicum

    capsicum Out Of The Brooder

    Just curious how many local breeders vaccinate chicks.
    After loosing my chicks last year and looking into the Marek's vaccine I realized that it has a very steep economy of scale at the low end, which is unfortunate as Local breeders fit my needs/wants much better than large hatcheries.
    (I don't raise broilers, the eggs are a bonus, I don't breed or show them, they are pets.)

    From what I found, 100 chicks per year, in one to three hatches, is the point where it starts to become economically viable.

    • Each vial(smallest size) is good for one thousand chicks
    • A vial is $20
    • Shipping is with an icepack overnight(warm weather) or two day(cool weather) air, that is about $30-$70 for one to several vials.
    • Needles are cheep maybe $.05 per bird
    • It is given in the first day to protect the chicks ASAP (still takes up to 3 weeks for full effect, 1week for some effect)
    • It has a several month shelf life in the fridge unopened
    • Once open it has a one hour working time.

    So not including labor.

    one vial ordered in the warm months(overnight ship)= 20+70= $90;
    cool=20+30=$50

    3 vials ordered at once in the warm =130 or 43/vial
    cool=$60 + $35= $95 or $32 per vial;

    100chicks=$5 in syringes&needles

    this gives the following prices per chick
    vials\chicks per vial 10 33 100 300
    1 overnight 9.05 2.78 .95 .48
    3 overnight 4.38 1.36 .48 .19
    1 twoday 5.05 1.57 .55 .22
    3 twoday 3.22 .98 .37 .16​
     

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