Add Marek’s Vaccination for $0.30/Chick
If you want all of your chicks vaccinated, say you have (15) in your cart, you must apply (15) vaccinations in the cart at check out.
Marek’s Disease is a common viral disease that affects chickens. People who already have a backyard flock can assume their chickens have it. Some birds never develop the symptoms, but still carry the disease and can infect others. People with a few pet chickens may not think they need to have their chicks vaccinated, but to insure the best prognosis for chickens, buyers should consider it.
Symptoms of Marek’s Disease include paralysis, wasting, and tumors. The chickens may seem thin or have a wing that droops. Marek’s can cause chickens to go blind. It appears between five and twenty-five weeks of age, and can kill off whole flocks. Older chickens have usually survived it. While showing no symptoms, they are likely to be carriers.
The best time to vaccinate chicks for Marek’s Disease is soon after they hatch from the egg. When people are ordering baby chicks, they can request vaccination at the time of ordering. The chicks will then arrive protected. This is especially important if the flock owner will be adding them to an established flock when they get a little older. Without vaccination, these new chicks may get the virus from the older chickens.
Another good reason to have chicks vaccinated is that the owner can take their chickens to shows, fairs, or sales without worrying about them catching Marek’s Disease from other chickens at the show or sale. In addition, the owner can be sure they are not bringing the disease to the other birds at the show.