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Vaccination Program
Vaccination against several well known poultry diseases is another important management tool. Day old chicks are vaccinated in the Hatchery before delivery for a variety of ailments, but some vaccines cannot be administered until the chick is older and its immune system more advanced. Infectious Bursal Disease in broilers can be prevented with addition of 'IBD-Blen' vaccine to the drinking water at 14 days, while 'Bursa Blen M' (a weaker strain used for Layers) must be applied at 14 days and again at 21-28 days. Both are mixed with vaccine stabiliser on the following guidelines;
  1. Determine the water requirements - 3 to 5 gallons per 1000 birds from 7 to 28 days old.
  2. Collect the required number of gallons of distilled water or other dechlorinated water. Tap water that has been left to stand for 3 days will have dissipated most of the chlorine.
  3. Mix 1/3 package of stabiliser to approximately 5 gallons of water, stirring until completely dissolved.
  4. Mix vaccine with the stabilised water, avoiding direct sunlight which will destroy the vaccine. Vaccine is sold in portion controlled bottles, the number of which will determine the volume of water you have selected. (Example: if you have 500 birds, you will still mix as if you are feeding 1000 birds, and whatever is left will be discarded). DO NOT store unused open/mixed vaccines, they will be rendered ineffective.
  5. Administer vaccine water to birds in plastic one gallon bottles - metal containers may deactivate the vaccine.
  6. DO NOT use disinfectants to clean water bottles just before administering vaccine.
  7. Withdraw water from the birds for a short while before vaccinating; this will encourage them to drink immediately, ensuring that all chicks are vaccinated. (If they do not drink any water before it is discarded, they are not vaccinated).
  8. Return chicks to plain water once they have consumed the vaccine mix.
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Brooding Suggestions
Anflox - Antibiotic administered at 2 ml per gallon of drinking water for the 1st 3 days of brooding. Can be substituted with Neochlor for smaller volume of chicks.

Vitalyte Plus - Vitamin mix, add 1 package to 100 gallons of water or teaspoon to a one gallon bottle. Vitalyte Plus can be mixed with Anflox, i.e. applied in the same drinking water. Use for the 1st 5 days of brooding, then again prior to any change of feed type.

Vitamin E - Not always necessary, however if Vitamin E deficiency has been noticed in other chicks prior to placement of day old broilers, apply 3 oz (100 ml) of vitamin E liquid to 128 gallons of drinking water. (1 teaspoon to 5 gallons).

Recommended Feeding for Broilers ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
0-21 days old Broiler Starter
22-35 days old Broiler Grower 19%
36 days old to slaughter Broiler Finisher 17%