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immunization?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bluedawg, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks hatching from eggs next week. Do chicks need to be immunized when hatched? When you get chicks from McMurray they are immunized so I am wondering if this is something everyone knows about... 'cept me [​IMG]
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I have never had my chicks vaccinated.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Those that you get from a hatchery are vaccinated if you request it.
    I didn't have my chicks vaccinated either.
     
  4. chickensforever

    chickensforever Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine were vaccinated for Marek's disease by the hatchery but I think it's more important to feed medicated feed when they're young more than vaccinating. If you want to go organic, wait until you transition them to a grower feed.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Okay, this is a common misconception.
    Hatcheries cannot vaccinate against coccidiosis because it is not a disease but a parasitic infestation. That's why you feed the medicated chick starter, to help protect against the coccidia.
    Vaccinations protect against such diseases such as Marek's.
     
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:There IS a cocci vaccine... however you should read about it and your options with cocci to help you decide if you want to take this route or stick with med starter:
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/200800.htm

    http://www.netvaxforpoultry.com/related_topics/coccidiosis.html

    http://www.netvaxforpoultry.com/document_library/IDEAproceed.pdf

    Okay, I stand corrected. What I was trying to address is the misconception that some people seem to have. They tell the hatchery to vaccinate (usually against Marek's, which was the only vaccine the hatchery offered me) and think they don't need the medicated chick starter because of it. Thanks for the link.
     
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Trust me. The Marek's vaccine is well worth the small cost.
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Where can I purchase the mareks vaccine? Is it safe to have non vaccinated birds, and vaccinated birds together? Im thinking about vaccinating all of my chicks this spring, but the other birds I have not, arent.
     
  10. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.featherfanciers.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=8


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    site has several articles on common diseases in Poultry. They have an online store where you can purchase a large variety of products including vaccines.

    Randall Burkey Company one of the sponsors of this site also sells vaccines. I find that Jeffers Livestock Supply usually has the best price.
     

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