suggestions on what or if I need to vaccinate chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Littlefox26, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Littlefox26

    Littlefox26 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2014
    Amelia VA
    I have chicks ranging in age from a month to a day old. Im working on a project that will have my chickens off my main farm being (rented) by local customers. What do I need to vaccinate any of the chicks I hatch agains? Also if I want to sell them.
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    You don't really need to vaccinate them
    The only people who vaccinate them are big chicken farms
    (Egg production etc.) but I would advise to
    Dose them for fleas and lice etc.
    Good luck
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I would suggest that there is no need to treat them for external OR internal parasites that may not even be present. If you see bugs, then treat, but to be throwing medication at them when the pests aren't even present... for what purpose??? However, the concern I see with your rental proposition is quarantine/reintegration when folks are "done" renting them.
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  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Hum. well vaccinations can be a problem. If you use the wrong one, then the vaccinated birds can shed virus and make unvaccinated birds sick. So if you vaccinate birds and ship them out and then they come back, they can make any unvaccinated birds on your property sick. And if the customer has any unvaccinated birds and your vaccinated bird gets in their flock, they can make the customers birds sick.
    I do not vaccinate my birds so I cannot show in the Commonwealth of PA because they require the vaccination which can shed and cause unvaccinated bids to get sick. I won't do that to my flock...or restrict my sales to only those people who have vaccinated birds. Lotta downside to vaccinating.
  5. Littlefox26

    Littlefox26 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2014
    Amelia VA
    Thanks y'all are really helpful. You have answered allmy questions and rereassured me that I dont need to worry about vaccinations.

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