If I hatch chicks do I need to do mareks vaccine?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ILoveChickens01, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. ILoveChickens01

    ILoveChickens01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might hatch some chicks, but I am wondering whether I will need to vaccinate them.


    I would be hatching to sell. Would it make a difference in sales if they are vaccinated?
     
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  2. HorsebackBrony

    HorsebackBrony Out Of The Brooder

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    It would probably be good(?) Especially if you plan to sell them.

    Just a side note, be careful; it's rare, but in some places (like Maryland) they have a law stating you can't sell/give away/purchase chicks under 3 weeks old, unless from a registered hatchery. It's also illegal to get baby chicks with a week of Easter.
     
  3. ILoveChickens01

    ILoveChickens01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for replying. My problem is I would only have like 4 hens + a rooster. So atm 20 chicks per hatch. I have to buy a 20$ vaccine bottle to do 20 chicks. If I could buy it in smaller quantities I probably would, but I cannot find a small quantity.

    I live in PA, I believe it is legal. Plus, like I said, I would be moving like 20 chickens a month.

    Thanks!
     
  4. HorsebackBrony

    HorsebackBrony Out Of The Brooder

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    It's up to you. I don't know how common Mereks actually is, so I can't say weather absolutely necessary or not, but I would recommend it.
     

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