PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PDS3, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. PDS3

    PDS3 Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone!

    Can you still treat Marek's disease after 24 hours of a chick being born?

    I need to know urgently, because my time is almost up and I am worried that we will not make it to the vet in time!

    Please help me!

    Thanks

    PDS3
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    If you mean vaccinate, then I would imagine that a few hours over the first 24 hours will be fine (or better than nothing, at least)
     
  3. Teila

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  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would also be extremely surprised if a veterinary practice will offer a Marek's Vaccine. It is not something that they would routinely keep in stock, so unless they are aware of the purpose of your intended visit and have prepared for it, then you may be waiting longer than another 24hrs whilst they order it in, particularly at this time of year. It will also be quite expensive I believe because the vaccine comes in a large quantity designed to innocculate 1000 birds and cannot be purchased as a single unit.

    The idea with vaccinating chicks for Marek's is to do it as early as possible so that they have time to build up immunity before they are exposed to it. You need to practice good biosecurity for several weeks after vaccination to allow antibodies to be produced, before exposing them to any risk.

    Personally, as someone with Marek's in their flock, I would not vaccinate. There is research to suggest that with this virus, the vaccine is actually causing it to mutate to more resistant and virulent strains. I breed from my surviving birds and broody rear within the infected flock and that is working for me.
     
  5. PDS3

    PDS3 Just Hatched

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    Yes, I did mean vaccinate, sorry about the bad language! Thanks so much that is really helpful!
     
  6. PDS3

    PDS3 Just Hatched

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    Wow, that is interesting. I will definitely have to consider this, thanks!
     

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