Marecks Desease (turkey or vaccine?)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sebright guy, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. sebright guy

    sebright guy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    My family raises a variety of chickens. We have been thinking about gettin a vaccine for marecks.
    It seems to be a little on the expensive side just for the 20-30 chicks we hatch a week. So we started to look for other options.

    I was reading through my sebright manual and it said that some people raise a turkey with there chicks, or they just had a bunch of turkeys and brooded the chicks on turkey manure. It would give the same immunity as the vaccine. It seems like a cheap way to do it instead of wasting alot of vaccinne.

    In the manual it seemed to say that WHITE turkeys were the ones that had the Marecks(herpes) that could be used but i wasnt sure if that was just the type of turkey he used. Has anyone else heard this?

    My family was hoping to get some standard bronze turkeys and see if that would work. But I may get whites if this is true.

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
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  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    What I have hear is that the vaccine or the turkey manure will only keep those birds from getting the symptoms. They can and will still carry mareks if they get it which can be from shows,fairs, or any other place that a bird is that has mareks.
  5. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    SE Washington
    If you have the option to protect your birds, why not?

    Try getting some used turkey bedding from someone local. Otherwise try getting a turkey poult and selling it at a few weeks of age. These tips were told to me by a pair of ladies that show in WA/OR and did a clinic for the 4H kids last Spring.

    I personally never tried it, as I don't have the facilities for a turkey at this time, so I used the vaccine.
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    I heard about this and currently searching for a pair of buff turkey to add to the flock..... turkeys are said to carry a mild form of marek which doesn't affect chickens and once the chicks get this they will have immunity against the common chicken marek...

    Worth giving it a go....
  7. cocosandy

    cocosandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2007
    Stamford, CT
    Turkeys also protect against predators and keep good watch over the flock. So long as youre not in an area with blackhead, it should be fine to keep them together.
    I love them...they have great personalities and the toms, though they can be pushy are really big babies...
    My Tommy is a doll...
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I would vaccinate.

    Turkeys can carry blackhead and are notorious for spreading MG. If you go the turkey route, I would suggest getting one from a MG clean state like Michigan.

    You have to consider the cost of raising and caring for the turkey/s too.
  9. cocosandy

    cocosandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2007
    Stamford, CT
    what do you vaccinate turkeys with. I was given 2 and they are problems yet....
    The poo so much that I doubt I would keep more than 2.
  10. demikitten

    demikitten Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    You don't vaccinate them. They naturally acquire immunities to a virus very similar to the chicken form of marecks. So when the chickens are exposed, their bodies create immunities that will work against most forms of the chicken marecks.

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