Vaccinating for Marek's disease?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KayP, May 10, 2009.

  1. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a bunch of bantams which could not be vaccinated at the hatchery. Should I try to get them vaccinated? How and when do I do that?
     
  2. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks!! Do I have to? What if they're unvaccinated?
     
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    Natty Bumppo Out Of The Brooder

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  5. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    JR at Jeffers didn't think it is necessary to vaccinate in my case of a small flock with no other chickens at risk. He said the virus is spread through the egg and then chicken to chicken soI'm at little risk. (Famous last words.) Anybody else with any experience with this?
     
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    It does not spread through the egg! It is spread through feces and dander, so it will blow in the wind.

    Call your local Ag extension or your State's avian health lab to find out if it is prevelant in your area, then make a decision.
     
  7. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, is it OK to vaccinate bantams?
    Marek's is getting bad here in the Norhwest and it's not worth the risk to go unvaccinated.
    I would love some silkie bantams, but the vaccination is an issue.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  9. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link. However, it didn't mention anything about the safety of vaccinating bantams....
    Does anyone know if it is safe to do this?
     
  10. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bantams are chickens...no different than LF
     

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