Is it ok to vaccinate meat birds for Marek's?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TajMahalChickens, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. TajMahalChickens

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    I am getting meat birds this week and I am wondering if it is a good idea to vaccinate for Marek's. I have had Marek's in the past with my birds, so I don't want my meaties getting it. Would the Marek's even have time to take hold of them? They will be butchered at 3 months. Is this a good idea or useless?

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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I wouldn't bother with it, myself. I do not vaccinate my meaties against anything because within 9 weeks mine are in the fridge, but I also raise mine on concrete and not on the ground so mine don't get exposed to much that can make them ill.

    Good luck.
     
  3. TajMahalChickens

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    If mine were only going to be raised to 9 weeks, i don't think I would do anything, but I am concerned because I am raising Freedom Rangers to 13 weeks. I am afraid that the extra weeks might do some harm.
     
  4. growinupinfl

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    Yes it is recommeded to vacinate meat birds. But if you only have a few, no history of Mareks, and no possible contamination you should be ok But here is a few quotes from Avian Pathology Journal,

    .In ovo vaccination of chickens is an importanti nnovation for the poultry industry. Experimental in ovo vaccination has been used for a number of diseases including Marek’s disease (MD) (Sharma & Burmester, 1982; Sharma & Graham, 1982; Sharma et al., 1984), infectious bronchitis (Wakenell& Sharma, 1986; Walkenell et al., 1995), infectious bursal disease (Sharma, 1985), Newcastle
    disease (Ahmed & Sharma, 1992), coccidiosis (Ruff et al., 1988; Watkins et al., 1995) and acombination of diseases (Gagic et al., 1999; Hill &Sharma, 1999). However, to date, this technology is most widely used to vaccinate broiler chickens against MD (Ricks et al., 1999). The two main objectives of in ovo vaccination are: (1) to maximize the interval between vaccination and possible early natural challenge by virulent virus, allowing sufficient time for adequate vaccinal immunity to develop (Sharma & Burmester, 1982); and (2) to reduce handling of chicks and labour costs in the hatchery associated with post-hatch subcutaneous vaccination (Gildersleeve et al., 1993). ISSN 0307-

    So I hope that
    The fact that it is so widely used by meaties should indicate to you it is ok. Plus I don't think you are going to be worried about the labour cost to give the chicks injections. [​IMG] Have a fun and healthy time raising the meaties.

    Source: P. L. Young, et al. "Influence of vaccine deposition site on post-vaccinal viraemia and vaccine efficacy in broiler chickens following in ovo vaccination against Marek's disease." Avian Pathology 30.5 (2001): 525-533. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 27 Apr. 2011.


    I hope this helps,
    Christal​
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011

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