The Poultry Health & Hatching Forum

Discuss all health, welfare, hatching and incubation issues


Small scale VACCINATIONS

I need some information on vaccinations please.
How do i get 7 or 8 chicks vaccinated ? Can I buy the vaccines from a vet or online & DIY or do I need to bring my chicks to the vet.
I have done some research online and have read that vaccines are only available in large quantities (eg 100 dose batch). This information was, I think, either UK or US based.
One article suggested that for small numbers like mine that vaccinations weren’t always necessaryas in you could get way with not vaccinating if the chicks’ parents were all vaccinated.
I also read that the various different vaccines are administered at different times ( on day 1, 3, 7 etc ) and by different methods ( injection, in feed or in water ) which is fine if it’s DIY but not if I have to get it done by someone else ( & pay for every vet visit )
I see for commercial breeders here most will state that they supply vaccinated birds (of various ages) on their website or sales adverts.
I want to get my chicks vaccinated . . . so what can I do, where can I go and what will it cost me.
Grateful for any information, thanks
Ps I am in west co. Clare.

Marlen
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The second paragraph of your post answers your question. The fact vaccines only come in large quantities making them impractacle for the backyard breeder. Some small breed clubs in the UK i know do buy and share vaccines but once they are opened they have a very short life span,sometimes only hours. The other route to consider is to breed for resistance to whatever you want to vaccinate against and thats what most small serious breeders have to do. If you type in vaccinations or similar into the search engine on here(top right corner of home page) you,ll see other conversations that were had on here over the years. What breed/s do you have as a matter of interest. Some are a lot hardier than others too.

nama-man
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

I never vaccinated a bird in my life.i do let nature take care of things and if a bird goes sick and no sign of improving I cull it to avoid it suffering and spreading illness.cull and dispose of.if you feed good food and keep the place fairly clean and keep a check on vermin your birds will do fine

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

If you start off with relitavly healthy stock or eggs theres no need for vacinating, poultry has been kept for thousands of years I think the use of vaccinations and antibiotics are the route cause of poor health in todays poultry.

paddycrawford
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019


You must have an account to comment here.

You must be registered with an email address to comment.

Click here to create an account. It only takes a few seconds.