vaccinating against marek's in chicks you've hatched - advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by williamsl77, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to vaccinate my silkies against Mareks. I have a variety of ages of chicks from 6 weeks to 1 week. I am going to have another round hatching in a few weeks. I plan to do them all at once. Wondering if anyone with experience can tell me where to get supplies and roughly what your process is? I guess I will contact the local 4H club to see if they anyone who can help. Would love any other ideas any one has... I am an RN, so I'm not at all worried about giving shots. I have just never given them to chickens!
     
  2. Chickety Charcoal

    Chickety Charcoal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just vaccinated mine yesterday and they are almost 4 weeks old. I followed the information on this link to the 'T' and it worked out great.

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

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


    They recommend to do the vaccination at a day old or the earliest age possible. As long as they have no contact with the outside or other chicks which have had exposure. I found that my 4 week-olds were a little tricky to keep still do to their size and strength. Keep that in mind for your 6 week-olds that will be several weeks older when you do the mass-vaccinating.

    I ordered the vaccine and needles from Jeffers.
     

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