If you buy your chickens from a reputable source then they will usually be fully vaccinated. Omlet chickens are fully vaccinated and it is unlikely you will have any serious infections as these usually only occur where large numbers are kept together. When buying hens you should always ask if they are vaccinated and avoid buying hens that aren’t. If you do buy hens that aren’t vaccinated then you should consider getting them vaccinated to save yourself some heartache later on. At Omlet we vaccinate our chickens against the following;
- Mareks disease
- Salmonella Enteritidis
- Infectious Bursal disease
- Infectious Bronchitis (various strains)
- Newcastle disease
- Infectious Laryngotracheitis
- Turkey/Avian Rhinotracheitis
- Avian Encephalomyelitis
- Egg drop syndrome
A healthy Welsummer chicken free roaming in search for bugs to eat
Most chicken sellers will vaccinate their hens against all of these diseases. No top ups or boosters are required so you don’t have to worry about taking your chickens to the vet for top ups. You can be safe in the knowledge that all your hens are fully protected against nasty diseases.
If you are keeping a few chickens in your garden then it is more likely that you will be buying point of lay chickens that are fully vaccinated so you won’t have to think about protecting your mini flock. However if you have decided to hatch your own chicks then you will need to think about whether you want to vaccinate your newcomers.
There are plenty of chicken keepers out there who don’t bother vaccinating their chickens as on a small scale it is unlikely for infectious diseases to spread. They believe that if you keep your coop very clean and always ensure a fresh supply of food and water there should be no problems. However other poultry keepers believe that protecting your flock is the best method. It really is a personal choice that you will need to make. For further advice on how to vaccinate your chickens you should contact your vet who will be able to give you more information.