To those who did NOT or will not vaccinate

midwife mama

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
69
0
39
montana
Please can you share your reasons for choosing NOT to vaccinate, for any or all of the available chicken vaccines? What are your concerns with vaccines?

What has your experience been?

Would you choose to NOT vaccinate again in the future?

I am hoping to collect as much information as I can on the risks of vaccinating AND not vaccinating.

Thank you!
 
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miss_jayne

Lady_Jayne
11 Years
Jun 26, 2008
9,089
12
271
Columbiaville, MI
i don't vaccinate. i want the healthiest, strongest birds in my flocks.

as per people vaccinating and inoculating when illness/disease occurs, i wont do that either. some diseases can still shed to other birds while the recovered bird is a carrier.

it's not for me.
 

Chicken Woman

Incredible Egg
11 Years
Oct 16, 2008
2,465
27
181
Montana
My vet told me that for a small backyard flock it is not needed.
He said to practice good bio-security and you should never have a problem.
I only add day old chicks that I hatch to my flock.
 

ChickenToes

Songster
11 Years
May 14, 2008
2,141
7
191
NE Wisconsin
I chose not to vaccinate.

The chances of my small flock becoming sick are slim. Also, I order all my birds straight run, and knew we would be eating the extra roos. I didn't want even the slightest chance of any remnants of vaccines or antibiotics to wind up in my food - if I want meat full of antibiotics, I'll buy it at the grocery store.

Also, like Miss_Jayne, I want a strong flock. It's survival of the fittest for my flock.
 

Indiana hens

Songster
11 Years
Jun 25, 2008
1,037
3
161
Pendleton, Indiana
I vaccinate and am at a loss for it. I do not know the remedies for many of the inflictions that others post on BYC. It always amazes me some of the conditions that my birds don't get. I do have concerns about necessity of some vaccines and the reliability of some. Last year fowl pox was on the rise; as in chicken pox it is not commonly lethal but preventable. I vaccinate for Mareks and Newcastles. Mareks being the biggest killer among young birds. Newcastle: a lung disease. I had a lady ask why I vaccinate because she didn't want to. She asked what to do if you do not vaccinate or you do not give anti-biotics; I told her to come back and I would sell her some that were vaccinated! She preferred to buy the vaccinated hens. I leave their health in gods hands after they are vaccinated! He is a good farmer.
 

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