Marek's Vaccination for bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Quella, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

    I'm considering ordering chicks from My Pet Chicken, and get 3 or 4 Silkies in my order. Only problem is that they don't vaccinate their bantams, including silkies. I don't know of any hatchery that does vaccinate bantams, or they don't say so on their website and the hatcheries probably don't have a low minimum on chicks. Is it okay to not have vaccinations on Marek's if it's just a small number of silkies?
     
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Whether its a bantam or not, it can still contract Mareks. If you have had it in your area, you need to have them vaccinated or do it yourself. I have a tutorial on my website on how to do it.
     
  3. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I didn't mean it like that.
    Some people say that it's not a big deal if you don't vaccinate for Marek's if there's just a small number of chickens. And also I thought that you could only vaccinate at one day old, so once the chicks are shipped, wouldn't it be too late?
     
  4. tamlynn

    tamlynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered bantams from Ideal and they were vaccinated.
     
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:Anyone know if they can be vaccinated after 1 day?
     
  6. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll go look at Ideal, thanks!
    Can they be vaccinated after one day?
     
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    If they have not been exposed to other birds or their previous cages, yes you can vaccinate them. Best to do it soon as possible.
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Whether vaccinating is a big deal or not depends on who you ask. There's quite a few including me that don't vaccinate at all. There's a long thread I think somewhere in the chick section of the forum on opinions and reasons to vaccinate or not.
     
  9. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    last year I got reg sized hens and some silkies my 1st chickens they vaccinated the reg chickins and not my silkies or batem I kept them all together and they were fine I don't think I would vac. my chickens ever again but that's me!
    It's your choice .
     

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