Newcastle reported near me, vaccinate or no?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rae Scott, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Rae Scott

    Rae Scott Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 26, 2017
    Northeast Ohio
    Fiance and i are in our first year of chickendom, and i was doing some vaccine research. We are doing a mix of hatching and buying chicks. The bought chicks will have been givem Mareks vaccines.

    In my research i found that a case of newcastles was found within a 2 hour radius of me. Now i dont know if i should vaccinate our hatched chicks for Mareks and Newcastles and the shipped chicks for Newcastles or not. What should i do?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    There are several strains of Newcastles disease. The exotic Newcastles virus is very rare, deadly, and usually not found in the US. However there are 2 other strains that are milder and less deadly. occasionally when a chicken is necropsied by a state vet, they may have one of the lesser strains. I would call the state vet's office to discuss whether they are actually seeing thisor not. If the case was in a wild bird, it might be less of a threat. Newcastles vaccine is available online through in a spray form that is used in birds 2 weeks old and older. I have never vaccinated my birds for anything other than Mareks, and the chicks I have hatched myself haven't even had that. Anyway, I
    know it is something that you may want to research more, and here are some links about the virus and where to find vaccine info:

    Ohio Department of Agriculture
    Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory 8995 East Main Street
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone: (614) 728-6220
    Fax: (614) 759-1467​
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

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