Merrecks vaccine in bantams/older chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BantamAshley, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. BantamAshley

    BantamAshley Songster

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    I have recently been told by my chick supplier that they do not vaccinate bantams, as it is too dangerous. The employee had recommended vaccinating them myself at 1 week of age, though everything that I am finding on the net indicated that the vaccine absolutely has to be givin within the first 36 hours.
    Does anyone with more experience know what is correct? Would I be waisting my money to vaccinate them at 1 week?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

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    Hi, hope you are enjoying BYC! :frow

    In my opinion, according to ALL the research I've done.. it will be ineffective if given to older chicks. :confused:

    Way too often "employees" give very bad advice. :hmm I say ya gotta trust the research on this one.

    I've seen Marek's here. I don't vaccinate. It can't be passed to the egg. Since I hope to breed for resistance, it's a risk I choose to take when chicks go out to pasture. But I know that won't be the right choice for everyone. :pop

    Good luck with your new babes! :wee
     
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  4. BantamAshley

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    :drool
    Thank you. Yes it has been hard to get good information. I had initially made the decision NOT to vaccinate, but then my vet scared the crap out of me, basically implying that I am dooming my chicks to sure suffering. :he So I scrambled to make sure that the new chicks arriving would be vaccinated. But I just don’t know what to believe! If you can’t trust your vet, or an experienced employee, where do you turn.
     
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  5. BantamAshley

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    This was exactly my initial concern, and why I hesitated to vaccinate. My vet recently absolutely insisted, but from a utilitarian perspective, it seems that not vaccinating is still a responsible choice.
     
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  6. BantamAshley

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    In breeding for resistance, is the logic that the weaker birds will die off, and the ones that live will build & pass on immunity?
     

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  7. BantamAshley

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    Also, it’s good to know that it can’t be passed to the egg!
     
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  8. sylviethecochin

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    Yep. And also, if you have a really bad strain of Marek's that kills off your entire flock--well, that strain of the virus stops there. Harsh, but far preferable than letting that strain gain momentum, in my opinion.
     
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  10. BantamAshley

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    I agree. The vaccine should really not even be legal. But of course, that wouldn’t fly with Tyson. -Chickens: 0
    large corporations: 1
     
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