Should I use Mareks vaccine...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by blefky, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    on chicks I hatch at home? I'm planning my first hatch for January. I ordered a dozen chicks last spring from MPC and had them vaccinated for Mareks. I'd like to hatch some heritage birds, and I'm not sure what I should be doing as far as vaccinating them. Should I? Where do I order the vaccine? Any information or advice is appreciated.
     
  2. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    doesn't it vary upon location...? i know my chicks weren't vaccinated from the breeder...
     
  3. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well.. you are going to get a full range of answers. It really depends on two things, how many you are hatching, and do you live in an area that Mareks thrives?

    The issue with the amount, is that it comes in like a 1000 dose size. You will have to mix the components to be able to use, and it has a VERY short shelf life. Once mixed it cannot be stored.
     
  4. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Quote:I'm only planning on hatching a dozen or so eggs. (and who knows what if any success I'll have with those) Do you know whether it will be a problem to mix new, unvaccinated chicks with my vaccinated flock?
     
  5. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Won't be a problem at all.. Mareks isn't transmitted through the egg. None of my chickens here have been. You should be fine.
     
  6. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I am not going to suggest which way to go but if you do change your mind about vaccinating them, you can buy the vaccine at Jeffers (here's a link http://www.jefferslivestock.com/md-vac-cfl-1000-ds/camid/LIV/cp/F7-J7/cn/3501/ ). It is 1000 doses and it doesn't have a long shelf life but it is only just under $15. You can buy the syringes and needles there too. BTW I am in the same situation and pondering the same question. I haven't made up my mind yet either but I will have to soon since mine are due to hatch on New Year's Day.
     
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  7. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. So much to learn. [​IMG]
     
  8. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Really, unless you know you have it on your property or in the area, I wouldn't worry about it. Call your local AG extension office and ask them if they have any cases of it around. I know the vax is only $15, but it is for 1000 chicks, and if you are only hatching a dozen, that is A LOT going to waste.
     
  9. blefky

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    Quote:You know, I hadn't thought of that - I will call the ag ext. office. Thanks!
     
  10. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I vaccinated my chicks, 2 chicks in May and 2 in July that were hatched by my 2 broody hens.

    I had 2, maybe 3 chickens die from Mareks. It was heartbreaking to watch. I felt so helpless, especially since I didn't know what it was at the time.
    So it was well worth it to me to vaccinate...and will each time my hens decide they want to hatch some babies.
     

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