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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:48 pm 
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Hi, I am new to incubating and hatching and wanted to know about vaccinating day old chicks.
If you are a small breeder (grower) of poultry how do you go about vaccinating day old chicks without
taking them to a Vet. ???


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:11 pm 
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Most people don't do it.

If you decide you do want to do it, you have to decide which vaccines you want and then source them. Some are expensive and come in large vial sizes. For example you might get a vial of 1000 doses and once you thaw it you cannot refreeze it and it needs to be used within a short time period. The easiest way to get it is if your vet is prepared to get it in for you. Sometimes that's cheaper.

Actually giving the vaccines is not difficult. They might be an injection, a wing stab or a eye drop. The difficulty is always in getting hold of the vaccine. Different vaccines have different transport requirements. Some need to be kept frozen. Ring your local vet and have a chat to them about it. They may be willing to help you out.

In the meantime, if you do a search for vaccines on here, you'll find some interesting debates on the pros and cons of vaccination. There's also some possible suppliers over in the Good Sammy section.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:20 pm 
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Thank you I will look at the other section. I would like to vaccinate but as you said it is difficult to source the vaccine. Appreciate your reply. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:26 pm 
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If you are anywhere near the Brisbane Bird Vet in Chermside, QLD, they will get vaccines in for people.

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