Marek's Vaccination

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TillinWithMyPeeps, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    If I am going to have a smalll flock of only a couple of birds, should I get the vaccination done?

    Is there any real reason not to get the vaccination?

    Would it take away from the all-natural aspects?
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    nope,, ya dont need them vaccinated.
    i get mine because i sell them and dont know "what situation" their going to. but most hatcheries will tell you its not a needed thing in a small flock.
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Yes , vaccinate if you planning on keeping them for a long time. You can buy the vaccine an do it yourself. One vial is good for 1000 poultry.
  4. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    The hatchery that I am getting them from offers the vaccination. It is only $.25 per chick and for the couple that I am getting that won't be an issue at all.

    Does anyone know of any reason why I should not get the vaccination?
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    NO reason not to get it! GET IT! Mareks can be brought in easily by wild birds that fly over your run or your's very easy for them to get, and I've seen them die of it; trust me, it's NOT worth not doing.
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I'd skip it. [​IMG]
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Marek's is worldwide and is a terrible disease. Get them vaccinated.
  8. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    I chose to get the vaccination even though I will only have a small flock. My reason for doing it - there are a few houses with chickens/ducks/geese/etc within a 2-mile radius of me, and Mareks can be spread by wind!
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    I do it, and for only a few cents per bird it's worth it. Once they have the disease it is an awful death.
  10. bantamgal

    bantamgal Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Get the vaccine. There is no reason not to. It is spread like wildfire.

    Watch a bird of yours die after spending months taking care of it and loving it, only to see it fade away. Itt is just aweful.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009

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