Vaccinate the chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mr.Dad, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning an order of 25 day olds for early April from McMurray.

    Should I go for the two offered vaccinations?
     
  2. mainely-chick

    mainely-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my shipment from McMurray this week.
    I opted for the MAREKS but chose to do the medicated feed
    instead of the offered Coccidiostat vaccination. Experienced farmer told me that is what he does and has great success?
    Good Luck
     
  3. pegbo

    pegbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I got my shipment of chicks from Mcmurray last April I opted for both vacs. and so far none of my chicks[which are huge now] have been sick with anything!!!!![​IMG]
     
  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there, I remember reading somewhere about having chicks vaccinated with Mareks need to be seperated from the rest of the flock I think for a period of time, cause your older flock may get Mareks... you can ask the hatchery about that. Maybe someone else can help me out on that one.
    I've never had mine vaccinated before, but if I could I'd atleast get the cocci vaccine.
    Where are ya ordering your chics from?

    Have a good one, Miriam
     
  5. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    I was told that if you were starting a first time flock, without ever having chickens before, and not introducing them to an older flock, that you dont need to vaccinate them for anything. The only way they could get Mareks would be from another chicken, and if there arent any, they cant get it? I am all into holistic approaches and I prefer to be one of the few who dont over vaccinate or feed medicated feed, but thats my approach which might not suit everyone. I also know that a local farmer who does the same gets more for her chicken meat and eggs because she lets everyone know that they are chemical free.
     
  6. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i didn't get mine vaccinated for mareks cuz the hachery couldn't tell me if it was from a live or dead sample. and i don't do the cocci cuz i feed my chicks chick starter which has the medication for cocci.
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Ideal does not recommend vaccinating chicks for backyard flocks. However, if your flock has a history of Mereks, it probably would be a good idea.

    There are several strains of coccidiosis. The medicated feed usually does the trick for the most common types. I do not know which strains the vaccine covers. ???
     
  8. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was originally going with McMurray but now I'm not sure.....

    I'm really only going to be set up for 12 hens.....

    Figuring on losing a couple I'll still have 8-10 extra.....

    I may go with Ideal and order less....but then again I heard they ship extras for warm anyway right?...or am I thinking of someone else.....
     
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yep, Ideal sends roosters for warmth on small orders.

    Have you talked to your local feed store to see if they are ordering chicks ? They may included your order with theirs. That is what my feed store did and I was able to get several different breeds.
     
  10. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We haven't but that sounds like a plan, thanks [​IMG]
     

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