Marek's Vaccinated Chicks Around Other Birds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OrangeJuice, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. OrangeJuice

    OrangeJuice In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    I am going to be vaccinating chicks very soon and I have never kept chickens but instead pheasants, guinea fowl and parrots. From what i understand the marek's vaccine has a live strain of the virus in it. A strain that effects turkeys. Will the chicks pose a threat to my other birds after they are vaccinated? The birds would not be near each other but marek's is very contagious so it seems worth being paranoid about especially for the parrots.
  2. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Songster

    Sep 14, 2012
    Hurricane, WV
    I would imagine the potential loss of your parrots would be enough to give good reason for such high concern. I'd consider consulting with aviarians <-- is that the right word for those that keep the birds at zoos 'n such? And, contacting breeders might give you a better idea of what can/can't affect/infect them. But, here's a few things that might give you some idea:

    Excellent resource from the University of Maryland,
    on the vaccination/medication of small flocks: Programs fro Small Poultry Flocks.pdf

    Similar document, from the University of Fl;orida IFAS Extension:

    From the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extention
    Excerpt from a document titled: Merek's Disease

    • Breed for resistance.
    • Good sanitation and ventilation.
    • Brood chicks separately from adults until 5 months of age.
    • Keep turkeys with chickens (this may help the chickens with Marek’s, but can lead to black
    head disease in the turkeys).
    • Vaccinate all chicks at 1 day old; keep chicks from exposure until immunity has developed, about 7 days.

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