Vaccination is an important way of prevent-
ing diseases. Different regional epidemic situ-
ations require suitably adapted vaccination
programmes. Therefore, please be guided, by
the advice of your local veterinarian and poul-
try health service. Only healthy flocks should
be vaccinated. Check the expiration date of
the vaccine. The vaccine must not be used
after this date. Keep records of all vaccinations
and vaccine serial numbers.
are very effective and gen-
erally well tolerated but also very labour
intensive.Drinking Water Vaccinations
are not la-
bour intensive but must be carried out with
the greatest care to be effective. The water
used for preparing the vaccine solution must
not contain any disinfectants. During the
growing period, the birds should be with-
out water for approximately 2 hours prior
to vaccination. During hot weather reduce
this time accordingly. The amount of vaccine
solution should be calculated for complete
consumption within 2–4 hours. When vac-
cinating with live vaccines, add astabiliser
order to protect the virus titre.Spray Vaccinations
are highly effective.
For chicks up to the age of 3 weeks apply
only coarse spray. Use distilled water for
advisable if the farm cannot be kept free
of mycoplasmosis. Infections with virulent
mycoplasma species during the produc-
tion period lead to performance depression.
The best performance is achieved by flocks
which are kept free of mycoplasmosis and
are not vaccinated.
Vaccination against Coccidiosis
most reliable method to develop immunity
against this disease. Never use coccidiostats
in the feed when pullets are vaccinated.
in the first two to three
days after vaccination can help to reduce
stress and prevent undesired reactions. To
what extent depends on the specific situa-
tion on each farm.