Vaccinating chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bulldog164, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Bulldog164

    Bulldog164 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, I have my first batch of eggs currently in my incubator. They will be fed on organic feed (starter crumbs, grower and then layers) do I need to give them anything special, or just Flubenvet in spring when I do everyone else?
     
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    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vaccinated my chicks for Mareks disease when they were a day old. I never vaccinated them for anything else and I never lost a single one.
     
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  3. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vaccinating seems to be a touchy subject. I always vaccinate for mareks, but have received some backlash from other fellow chicken people for doing so. I figure better to be safe than sorry! I've been looking up lately, if a hen can still be raised organically having been vaccinated. Seems the answer is yes. My place/eggs etc are not certified organic, although I like to say they are raised organically, no chemicals, no medicated feed, etc.

    If you look up Mareks, it's a horrible death by the sounds of it, and can practically travel in the wind. I also read that wild birds can expose your flock? That may not be true, but I did read that somewhere.
     
  5. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is a very personal decision. I know that my farm housed poultry many years, so for me it seems like a good insurance policy for 25 bucks.

    Yes your chicks can still be considered Organic if vaccinated. I believe they have to be on organic feed (and organic veggies) from 2 weeks old onward. For a commercial producer the land has to also be certified organic, but for you and me just feeding organic is enough to market your eggs as such. :)
     
  6. Bulldog164

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    That's brilliant. I looked into organic and commercially it's a mine field. I will vaccinate against mareks just to be on the safe side
     

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