New to BYC ? on vaccinations.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 4chickswhens, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. 4chickswhens

    4chickswhens Hatching

    Dec 10, 2012
    Jersey Shore/NJ
    Hello, just joined into membership. Have browsed the site a few times for tips.
    Aquired 5 chicks in July now 22 wks not laying yet. Girls in local 4H club, came
    home with 7 more hens an 1 rooster about the same age. We are quaritining the
    new ones. Also in process of building larger coop. None of the hens are laying yet
    size wise about the same all on layer food already. So they're within 4 weeks of
    each other. Any tips on vaccinations? Looking forward to learning more. Thanks.

  2. etammy

    etammy Chirping

    Dec 10, 2012
    Welcome. Chickens are tons of fun. Here is my tip: build a bigger coop then you read is fine. This is more important if you live in a cold area, they may spend some time indoors in the winter and they need plenty of room so they don't start to pick on each other, this can get quite bad in tight quarters. Build the coop in a shaded area too, they don't like it to hot either and make is safe, very safe, everything wants to eat your hens for supper. Have fun. I love my girls
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, 4chickswhens, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! I have no advice on vaccinating your birds but I'm sure others will - good luck to you!
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Mareks is probably the most common vaccination, given to new-hatched chicks.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Consider vaccinating against what is prevelent in your area. Contact your local extension office or state agriculture department for guidance.
  7. Suzierd

    Suzierd Crowing

    Aug 8, 2011
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana

    Exactly what I did when I moved here. The extension agent put me in contact with a person that investigates all reported chicken diseases in this area. He also teaches poultry diseases at the university and has bred grand champion chickens. Tyson is headquartered here so chickens are really important. After talking to him and discussing how I intended to manage my chickens (I don't show and don't bring in adult chickens, either getting hatching eggs or hatchery chicks to bring in new blood) I decided to not vaccinate for anything.

    I'm not saying that is the right decision for you or that your extension agent will be as good as mine. In my case, there had been one reported case of Marek's in the previous two years in my county. I don't consider that prevalent. Your situation might be different or if you plan to manage them differently, you may need to do something different.

    There is no right answer or wrong answer to this that covers all of us. Just what is the best answer for us in out individual unique situations.

    Good luck and welcome to the adventure. :frow
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Hi, welcome!

    I never bother with vaccinations myself.

  10. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined

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