Both methods described below require the vaccine to be administered within two hours of collection. It is advisable to have your birds penned prior to collection so that you can catch them quickly once you get home.
You will collect the vaccine in an eye drop bottle.
Hold the bird underneath your arm, supporting its legs and holding the wings firmly to its side.
Tilt the bird’s head by holding the beak – you may need help if your birds are lively!
Squeeze one drop of vaccination liquid into the bird’s eye.
You will collect the vaccine in a small syringe.
Hold the bird upright and tilt it back so its breast is completely vertical to you. You will need someone to hold the bird and someone to inject.
Check there are no air bubbles in the syringe by pushing up the syringe piston slowly and gently – but not too far, as you don’t want to lose the vaccine.
Using your fingers, find an area approximately 2cm from the crop, slightly to the side of the keel bone down the middle of the breast.
Firmly insert the needle fully into the breast muscle and inject the dosage.
I don’t have any known health issues with my poultry – is it still worth vaccinating?
Most of the vaccines we suggest are for viruses which cannot be effectively controlled with antibiotics, so it is worth ensuring your birds are protected even if they haven’t had health challenges in the past. The key is to provide current protection to prevent signs of disease in the future. We are striving to reduce antibiotic usage in livestock and vaccines are a core part of this strategy. Good biosecurity such as keeping the birds away from other livestock and wild birds, cleaning their drinking water daily, changing your clothing and footwear and washing your hands will help keep diseases at bay, but are not always easy, practical or failsafe.
Will my birds be ill after vaccination?
Some of the vaccines we use are live, which means we are giving the bird a version of the virus. By nature, this means your poultry may have some mild signs of the disease that should disappear after a couple of days.
I didn’t use my vaccine within the timescale, does it matter?
The vaccines do start to lose efficacy after the prescribed timescale so it is a risk that the vaccine may not work as well as it otherwise would. If in doubt it is worth speaking to our team and possibly getting a new supply of vaccine to try again.
I’m not sure I applied the vaccine correctly, can I do it again?
Most vaccines are safe to dose many more times than prescribed so it should be no problem. It is better to be sure the vaccine has been applied properly than take the risk of it not working.
How soon can I eat the eggs after vaccinating
Most live vaccines have no withdrawal rates so you can eat the eggs immediately. If in doubt, check with our team.
Do vaccinations need to be repeated?
Vaccinations do need to be repeated as a booster to maintain high immunity levels. We will inform you as to when your next vaccines are due, but if in doubt just give us a shout!