Vaccinate new chicks or not?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FowlWeatherFriend, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. FowlWeatherFriend

    FowlWeatherFriend In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    We pick up our first new chicks on Father's Day!! [​IMG] We did not tell them to vaccinate them and are now debating whether that was a good idea or not. What is everyone's opinion on this topic? Has anyone had a brood not vaccinated and lost a bunch?

    I can still call the company today or tomorrow and ask them to vaccinate them. Just wanted to see what you experienced chicken people thought should be done!!

    Thanks for your help! [​IMG]
     
  2. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Songster

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    I have my chicks vaccinated at the hatchery before I get them. It doesn't cost very much. Here is an article on Marek's Disease:

    http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/page9.htm

    You can also do a search on this forum to see how other member's have been effected by this disease in their flocks.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    FowlWeatherFriend:
    I dont vaccinate my chicks that are hatched here or the ones I get from a hatchery.. I do use a med. feed. I lost 1 chick out of 200 this year and all the birds a healthy..

    Chris
     

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