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Vaccination and De-beaking?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickylou, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. chickylou

    chickylou Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    Read about vaccinating and de-beaking.

    Do you all really vaccinate your chickies? Any value to this?
    De-beaking? I understand the cannibalism thing, but that sounds yucky.

    Help me out. Are these things we need to consider? [​IMG]

  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I for one do not vaccinate and I would never debeak a chicken. Debeaking is done in high volume hatcheries where the birds are caged all the time. Not in backyard flocks.
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] from Kansas and:welcome If buying chicks vaccinations are options. de-beaking, I agree ewwww! Not my chickens. I'm hatching my first batch and I did check here and a majority of the people here don't vaccinate their chicks. I agree with cluckychick de-beaking shouldn't be needed for the backyard flock.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Debeaking is mutilation, IMO, and only used when the management practices are substandard, ie, crowding, inadequate food, etc. So far, I have never had mine vaccinated for cocci or mareks or anything.
  5. chickie momma di

    chickie momma di Songster

    Jun 6, 2008
    Southeastern, MA
    From what I 've read. Alot of people do not vaccinate. This is a large hatchery practice. Their food (depending on what you buy) has antibotics in it already. In my opinion, your best defence is to keep your birds clean and away from other birds, and use good quarenteen (spelling?) practices when introducing new birds to your flock. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] As far as debeaking...........The beak is the most sensitive part of a chicken. I would NEVER do it. It is done at places that have alot of chickens in cages to prevent canabialism as the post before mine said.
    Best of luck with your birds.
    O and by the way welcome!!!!
    You can find out about all of this in different threads on this site. Very useful info. that will help you make an educated decision.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2009
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I want to clarify that starter feed doesn't have any antibiotics, per se. The meds in it are usually amprolium, a thiamine blocker. That allows them to develop a natural immunity to the protozoan that causes cocci that lives in the soil. I have seen bacitracin and erthopabate listed, but that is in small amounts to supplement the thiamine blocker, not to actually treat a disease other than that.
  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Quote:[​IMG] I agree

  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. [​IMG] I have never had mine debeaked or vaccinated. I do feed my chicks medicated Starter/Grower feed. All of my birds are healthy and happy.

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