Is it a good idea to get chicks vaccinated for Marek's Disease?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lillypurrs23, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're getting new chicks from Meyer Hatchery to add to our flock. Our 4 hens that we have were not vaccinated for Marek's, should we get the new ones vaccinated?
     
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  3. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens but personally will not do vaccines. I'm not a fan and will let nature take its own course. Plus I dont want the added stuff in their meat and eggs.
     
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  4. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I asked for my chicks to be vaccinated because I don't want to chance loosing any of the four that I got to something that could have easily been prevented with a buck fifty.
     
  5. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I don't think we are going to get them vaccinated, unless my parents change their minds.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I got unvaccinated chicks last year and they all suffered and died because there were no signs or symptoms that my flock was carriers. There is no way of knowing if a chicken carries it. It was devastating.
     
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will not buy chicks that are not vaccinated. I bought a few a couple of years ago that were not vaccinated. Over a period of a couple of weeks they all died. I did not lose a single vaccinated bird.
     
  8. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, I don't know. Our 4 hens that we got unvaccinated (we didn't know about vaccinating them) are fine.
     
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    You won't know if those 4 hens are carriers, unless they have never had contact with any other chicken. But you'll know when you get chicks and 6-8 weeks later they start to die one by one
     
  10. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will not have unvaccinated chicks...I still don't know where Marek's came from but I do know the devastation it can cause...vaccination is so simple and inexpensive, much better then the heartache that comes from the disease.
     
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