If you do ,when do you vaccinate, at what age and for what? Please help. Thanks so much! I want to do what's best for them!
you have some wise advisors here. I'll throw in a thought, since you are trying to put it all together, like I am. Farmers on our road raise their birds for eggs and pets. One was trying for meat but gave it up. Dairy farmer has a dozen or more handsome, big game roosters of various stripes. (they are the fathers to my chicks) and their lovely hens. These birds free range, have a tumbledown chicken barn for shelter which is filled to the rafters with straw by this time of year and gets cleaned out by tractor probably once a year. they are out pecking in every kind of weather. They establish their own pecking order without any interference and harmony reins most of the time (...not battle to the death. )realsis said:Thank you for you're reply. Yes, I will do some reading on the subjects. It's likely I will not be doing it. Yes I also understand what my husband was trying to say and I can agree with that point. On the other hand I don't think I can forgive myself if something could have been prevented. Your exactly right on the industry, it's certainly not done out of love! It's about profit. Also they are not exactly caring about the conditions that their chickens live in either. Very sad indeed. They don't see them as animals with feelings which is horrific to me because chickens infact do feel pain, fear, attachment, and more! That's a whole other sad subject... but I will do some more reading , thank you for the reply
Good post Shelia! You raise a very, very good point I feel validates my opinion about what is so confussing about vaccination. If the very people one thinks would be on the 'YES' side of vaccination can't support vaccination 100% then imagine how the rest of us feel?I have had this same debate. I am a small animal vet and believe strongly in vaccinating. I understand both sides. I did not vaccinate my chickens. I am taking a risk. Both ways are risky really.
Before acquiring chickens I consulted with a poultry vet. Even about becoming a backyard poultry vet. The problem is.... With vaccines, you will lose birds to vaccine reactions. The birds are weak, and we stimulate an immune response to this vaccine, and they succumb to an illness they were trying to keep in check, but we changed their immune systems focus....
I also was informed, sometimes when we order a mareks vaccinated hatchery chick, they still succumb to the disease... Maybe they really didn't get that dose. Who knows. My poultry consultant didn't think it really got the vax.
I looked into getting the vax- mareks done on day 1.
If you show, it would be especially be recommended to vaccinate for bronchitis (new castles) at 2 weeks and 2 mos.
Birds may get "vaccinated" from passive immunity on the farm as wild birds carry disease. The problem comes when the disease overwhelms the population and wipes out a flock. Look at new castles disease. Entire commercial flocks as well as backyard flocks were destroyed when this disease went thru. When we show, we share our farms diseases in a stressful situation and then bring disease home to introduce to our flock. It's a risk. But so is the vaccine. It really comes down to recognizing both sides and feeling comfortable. Vaccines are a big investment with the potential for loss. Not vaccinating runs the risk of losing your whole flock. What's the life span of your flock... The older they get, the more disease they will carry, but not necessarily exhibit. After your land is contaminated by your birds, it may be wise to vaccinate the newbies...
After considering poultry medicine, I realize there is no money to be made in back yard flocks. The one sick pet will see a regular vet, but will not support a specialty. They are just too few and far between. Maybe keeping that sick bird alive, is not in the best interest in the health of your flick anyway.
Food for thought....