Due to the fragility in the genetic makeup of domesticated birds, there is need for appropriate vaccination. If you fail to give your poultry the right vaccines at the right time, you will be setting yourself up for reduced immunity and possible deaths. Besides, the mode and style of applying these medications are important. In this article, we discussed the top 11 poultry vaccine tips every farmer should know
- Ensure the drug manufacturer has good reputation. Don’t just buy any vaccine recommended to you. Flip the packaging to see where it came from and who made it. In a situation where local companies repackage and resell, make sure they are reputable.
- Make sure you purchase drugs from livestock outlets that have functional refrigerating systems. To maintain the normal conditions of vaccines, they require very cold storage facilities. Otherwise, they may lose their power.
- Isolate diseased/sick birds during vaccination until they get well. It is necessary to keep them aside because the drug may react negatively in their system and aggravate the sickness.
- Crosscheck the expiry date to confirm it has not passed already. Some crooked veterinary stores may erase the expiry date to still sell the vaccines, even after it elapses. Request for another with both production and expiry dates in case the initial one does not have them.
- Keep day-old chicks from elaborate vaccination procedures. Antibodies from the parent stock may still be strong; thus, neutralizing the effect of the vaccine. Besides, it may alter the proper growth of their immune system.
- Viral live vaccines should be transported in a cold medium from the vet store to your farm. You can place iced blocks in the cooler you will use for conveying it.
- Use live vaccines only in locations where a particular disease outbreak has happened. Since live medications contain weakened versions of the pathogens, administering them in healthy animals is counterintuitive.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter, except a qualified, experienced Veterinarian/Animal Doctor says otherwise. This tip includes dosage, mode, and sequence.
- Make sure you clean and sterilize all vaccination equipment thoroughly. Leave them to dry before pouring the water and vaccine. This is an effective form of biosecurity.
- It is not advisable to store vaccines on your farm for a long time, especially if you do not need it soon. You can purchase as at when needed to ensure they are in the best conditions.
- It is advisable to administer vaccines in the morning. If you intend to vaccinate your poultry before the sun is out, withdraw their water the night before. By the time you want to give the drugs, the birds would be thirsty enough to rush it.
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