never immunized hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by djswett, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. djswett

    djswett Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello.
    I just got two new Hens for our flock. Two lovely Barred Rock girls about 8 months old!
    They come from a small farm where this lady had about 20 chickens and needed to downsize. I'm guessing that her hens never got any shots when they where born (our hen came from a feed store and she got immunized on day 1).
    Should I worry about this? Is there any medication that I should give them?
    I'm planning on keeping the new girls in a separate coop for a couple of weeks just to avoid to much contact at first....

    Thanks all,
    Bryan
     
  2. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    Aside from keeping them quarantined for a few weeks to make sure they're not sick, I wouldn't be too worried. I've had chickens for eleven years and they've never been vaccinated, and I haven't had a single issue with disease in that time. Good luck!
     
  3. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only way any of my birds got immunized was if it was done before I got them...Never had a problem.
     
  4. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    same here!!! glad to know I'm not alone!!!![​IMG]
     
  5. djswett

    djswett Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome!
    Thank you fellow BYCers!
     
  6. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    No vax allowed here. Animal or human.
    Just quarentine as per the standard time, and you will be fine.
     
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    You're welcome! Also, I wanted to add that some of my birds are ten years old or older and still going strong, so chickens can definitely live long, healthy lives without vaccines. There are certainly situations where it would be better to vaccinate (showbirds, breeding situations where new birds are coming in a lot, areas where there are a lot of chickens around), but for my medium-sized isolated flock, I'm not too concerned.
     
  8. bibliophile birds

    bibliophile birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    my chickens have never been vaccinated, never fed medicated feed, never dewormed (other than the occasional pumpkin feast).... all as fit as a fiddle! i've not lost one (other than the 2 Silkies that died in shipping- they got sat on). as the others said, quarantine any newcomers for safety and use good judgment.

    i'm so glad spring is coming soon... i can't wait to get more chickens!
     

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