1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Just canceled the PEEP shots

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DLS, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just cancelled the shots for my peeps. I had the coch. shots & mareks both stopped.. so now tell me what to get for them.. I looked & I have 2 small bags of medicated crumbles from McM hatchery. & I think they said something was comming UNDER the chicks in the box? a package od medicine I think
    what should I go buy?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    24,442
    46
    371
    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It is by far cheaper and quicker to have the vaccinations at the hatchery. When I buy hatchery birds I have them all vaccinated. When they are vaccinated at the hatchery you do not give them medicated feed it cancels everything out. I do not use medicated feeds either. It is my belief that the birds are better served building their own natural immune system.

    Anything extra you may have ordered for the chicks like quik chik drink powder, etc is packed under the straw mat in the shipping box your chicks come in. They do not routinely pack any medicines with new chicks. Large items will ship separately. If you only ordered chicks you will only get chicks - nothing else.

    When your chicks arrive if they are chirping and happy they don't need anything but good fresh clean water and the starter crumble feed. If they are stressed you can add some apple cidar vinegar to their water for a boost or something like quik chik. I would not recommend that you give them sugar water as it can lead to bad cases of pasty butt. Then you have more problems on your hands than you want as a new chick owner.
     
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, I got bit by the MEREKs disease scare. the vacc. killing chicks .. thats why I told them NO
     
  4. Morgaine

    Morgaine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Texas
    Can you elaborate more on why you changed your mind. I have 25 chicks coming at the end of the month and chose to have the vaxed. Will the mystery chick be vaxed as well? Just curious as to your resoning. I figured the vax was better than medicated feed.
     
  5. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

    925
    1
    161
    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    The QwikChik gro gel is usually what is packaged with the chicks. It's got vitamins and electrolytes in it. It's a greyish powder that you mix with water and it turns into a gritty looking blue gel that the chiks will scarf up. I crumbles it onto the top of the feed and they ate it right along with the feed. The bright color helps attract them to it, so they learn where the feed is.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    24,442
    46
    371
    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Quote:It is only packaged and there if you order it and pay for it extra. It is not something they give you.
     
  8. Chickaree

    Chickaree Out Of The Brooder

    73
    0
    29
    Jan 29, 2008
    All of my chicks were vaccinated for mereks and cocci from mcmurray and they are fine. But I know that is my experience. I didn't want to feed medicated food.
     
  9. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I cancelled all the shots.. seems I have medicated crumbles that should be what I need + the packsge in the box (that I payed for)., RIGHT?
     
  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I cancelled the cocci vaccinations for my broilers because I decided to raise them Saladin style, moving the pens to new pasture every day- they won't sit in their droppings. I'm having my layers vaccinated at McMurray because I don't want to feed medicated feed- medicated commercial birds is a big part of why I wanted to raise my own in the first place. McMurray claims that their vaccinations comply with organic standards- makes sense to me, since a vaccination "naturally" makes you immune to something, rather than a preventative medicine.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by