Marek's vaccination and integrating chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by new2chix, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. new2chix

    new2chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    I have a small flock - 1 roo, 1 drake, 4 hens - and am adding to it this spring, of course! My existing flock has not been vaccinated for Marek's, and is and has been healthy - no signs of any problems. When I ordered my new chicks I decided to get them vaccinated for Marek's (live in the country, free-ranging, etc.). When I integrate the chicks (3-4 months down the road) into my flock, will it expose my unvaccinated flock to the disease? If so, can I vaccinate my adult birds before integration? Sorry if this seems foolish, but I've read just enough to be confused. Thanks!
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I have mixed unvaccinated week old silkies with vaccinated day old hatchery chicks and not had any problems. Maybe I got lucky, but I don't worry too much about such things.
  3. new2chix

    new2chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    Thanks - puts my mind more at ease. I didn't think there should be a problem, but I'm basing that on my experience with human vaccinations.
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Havent had any problems with vaccinated and un vaccinated chicks and chickens even Mercks has shown at my door once and it did kill indiscrimately with vaccinated and non vaccinated birds. Got alot of wild birds in our area which neighbors all around me two blocks long have wild bird feeders in their lots.

    So I would not worry too much about it unless its a major problem.
  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Your older birds will be just fine. Marek's Disease is found in the soil, so it's likely that your birds already have the virus. Make sure to give your new chicks are least a weak to gain immunity before you allow them to touch the ground or meet the other chickens.
  6. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:I would recommend at least 10 days of quarantine to be sure. Don't even wear the same clothes taking care of the chicks that you have worn in the coop. Also, wash your hands before handling them.

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