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SeaBreeze Hens Preventative Health Practices
In our best effort to protect the chickens here at SeaBreeze Hens from the common problems affecting backyard chickens in Texas, we implement the following preventative health measures to ensure a long, healthy life for your birds.
All pullets are given Ivermectin the 1st of each month beginning at 2 weeks of age.
Ivermectin deworms as well as eliminates any external parasites such as mites or lice. Here on the Gulf Coast, mites seem to be one on the most detrimental parasites to backyard chickens. I recommend treatment with Ivermectin monthly for all growing pullets and at least quarterly for laying hens. A chicken infested with mites can die within 3 days!
All chicks are vaccinated within 24 hours of hatch for Marek's Disease
Marek's disease is a Herpes virus infection of chickens. The disease is highly contagious and readily transmitted among chickens.
Marek’s disease is one of the most ubiquitous avian infections; it is identified in chicken flocks worldwide. Every flock, except for those maintained under strict pathogen-free conditions, is presumed to be infected.
All chicks are vaccinated for coccidiosis at 1 to 5 days of age.
Coccidiosis bacteria is everywhere. There are many different strains and the birds can be challenged by different strains during different times of their life. Vaccinating chicks instead of feeding them medicated food makes them more capable of defending against coccidiosis. The vaccine that we use (Coccivac -D2) protects against all 8 species of coccidiosis important to laying chickens.
To maintain the protection of the coccidiosis vaccine, non-medicated chick starter must be used. We use and sell Purina Flock Raiser 20% protein for our pullets. Medicated feed for chicks won't hurt them but it will negate the benefits of the coccidiosis vaccine.
Fowl Pox with Pigeon Pox and AE Vaccine
All chicks are vaccinated for Fowl Pox with Pigeon Pox and Avian Encephalomyelitis at 6 weeks of age.
Fowlpox is a slow-spreading viral infection of chickens and turkeys characterized by spreading sores in the skin that progress to thick scabs and by sores in the upper GI and respiratory tracts . Virulent strains may cause lesions in the internal organs . Fowlpox is seen worldwide.
If you pick your chicks up before they are vaccinated for fowl pox, you can bring your chicks back for $1 vaccination on any of the vaccination days. Fowl Pox vaccinations must be scheduled because the entire contents of the vaccine must be used within a few hours of opening. Optionally, you can pay an additional fee of $15 and schedule for your convenience. Chickens should be vaccinated between 4 to 8 weeks of age, but can be vaccinated anytime before they start laying after 4 weeks of age.
We have discontinued the use of MG Vacccine after several batches of chicks had adverse reactions. Pullets that were hatched in July 2017 or after will not have received MG vaccinations.
All chicks hatched prior to July 2017 were vaccinated for Mycoplasma Gallisepticum at 2 weeks of age and given a booster at 6 weeks of age.
Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG) is a common chronic respiratory disease that is present in most laying flocks in Texas. It can be carried by any type of bird into your flock. M-G vaccine will not prevent your birds from getting MG but it can reduce the negative effects caused by an infection, reduce recovery time, and give your bird long term protection to fight infections.
If you would like M-G vaccinations for your chicks, you can purchase the vaccination for $1 each. Chickens can be vaccinated for MG at any age. The booster must be at least 4 weeks following the first vaccination.