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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:28 pm 
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We are so excited to have our first fertilized egg being incubated by a lovely and very broody hen!
I checked the egg today with a torch and we could see the heart beat!! So amazing!
I know I will need to vaccinate it when it is born... where do I get the vaccine? Or do I need to take it to a birds vet?
I always bought day chick so have no idea...
Thanks so much!
One excited mumma!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:07 am 
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Congrats on the developing eggs! Candling them is so exciting!

I live in America; it is not required that birds be vaccinated here. Is it in Australia?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:53 am 
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Hi yes we live in Melbourne - Australia :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:20 am 
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From what I've heard vaccinations aren't needed if the birds are to stay on your property and not come into contact with new chickens from other sources. However, Merek's and Fowl Pox vaccinations are suggested. However, I'm not an expert on that kind of thing.

I'm not sure where you could find them. In America you can get most from any farm supply company in bulk.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:19 pm 
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It is not really practical to vaccinate a single chick. Most vaccines are only available in large quantities and some need to be given within a very tight time frame. Some times the hatcheries may do some by private arrangement. I believe that Abundant Layers used to do so.
You could ring the Melbourne Bird Clinic and ask for some advice


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:27 am 
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And being under the broody the chick will come into contact with everything in your yard before you will have a chance to vaccinate.

Additionally vaccination is a recommendation by government but is not mandatory, you don't have to if you don't want to.

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