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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ADchicks, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. ADchicks

    ADchicks Hatching

    May 20, 2015
    I have eggs that will hatch in 3 weeks, I want to protect against Meraks. Should I vaccinate or feed medicated food. W had 6 hatch a few months ago and feed them Medicated food and they are doing fine. The only reason I ask as we had a few birds drop dead, I'm thinking from worms and not meraks. Just want to know what everyone thinks before I order the Vaccine.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Well, the vaccine is for Marek's. The medicated feed is to prevent coccidiosis.
    Marek's is a virus, coccidia is a protozoa.
    Two completely different things.
    So you could do both or neither.
    I don't vaccinate or use medicated feed and I hatch about 100 chicks a year, more or less.
    Never have and probably never will. But it is an individual choice. Some people that have lost lots of birds to Marek's vaccinate religiously.
    I truly think medicated feed is unnecessary with good management.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2015

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