May i ask again about the Mareks vaccine?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Going Quackers, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    My Ameraucana chicks will be coming shortly but i still have no idea whether to have the Mareks vax done? These will be the only chickens, the only other poultry i have here are Muscovy ducks...

    I have read but seems i only end up in circles.. i have no idea what is the right choice?
     
  2. Adenium

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    Do you have a good reason NOT to?

    I don't want to stab my chickens with a needle, but I prefer that to watching them die a slow death. I read the threads from those on BYC battling Marek's, and that was enough for me.....my vaccine arrived this morning so it's all ready for my chicks. If I could have had the hatchery do the large fowl and the bantams for a few cents, I would have. Even with the extra expense of doing it ourselves because we've got silkies coming, I think it's worth it.

    You can practice great biosecurity, but unless your chickens live in a bubble they're susceptible to diseases wild birds carry in. Many people do no vaccinations and end up OK, but that type of logic doesn't always hold. It doesn't mean their birds won't get sick, just that they've been lucky. As far as I know the vaccine itself does not carry big risks to dissuade from its use. And it's cheap to have the hatchery do it.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    I really don't that is why i was asking LOL, just it's not done as standard i have to request to have it done. It is cheap, i think 16 cents a bird or something?
     
  4. Adenium

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    In that case I would just go ahead and do it and enjoy the extra sliver of peace-of-mind.
     
  5. Out of curiosity, can older chicks be vaccinated too? Or is there a certain window of time that it can be done.
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    I never had a problem in 19 years. That doesn't mean I won't tomorrow. It is up to you. I choose not to as, I have other poultry that is not vaccinated.
     

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