Should I vaccinate for Marek's

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bjklemm, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. bjklemm

    bjklemm In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2013
    We are getting chicks and our flock will be less than 10 birds. Should I vaccinate for such a small flock? Any advice appreciated as we are newbies!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Where are you getting chicks from? Most hatcheries will vaccinate the chicks for you, which is much easier than doing it on your own. I would personally vaccinate your flock, as the Marek's disease virus is everywhere. It is one of the worst diseases a chicken can get--it slowly paralyzes them, and there is no completely effective treatment. I, for one, would never want to have to watch my chickens suffer through such an awful disease.
  3. bjklemm

    bjklemm In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2013
    We are getting them from Ideal Poultry Hatchery.
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Pay the extra money and have them vaccinated for Marek's.

  5. schnebbles

    schnebbles Songster

    Jan 6, 2013
    Indian Lake, Ohio
    YES! I had 8 chickens and they weren't vaccinated. One died and I will never know if it was mareks. I should have had a necropsy. Now I worry about my others. I wish I'd thought more about it. Now, either my birds have it or they don't and I won't know unless I have more that get sick.
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    It's well worth it no matter how small your flock. My flock is always somewhere between 10 and 20 birds, all are vaccinated for Marek's.

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