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close this bookBetter Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)
close this folderHow to protect poultry against disease
View the documentPreventing poultry from getting ill
View the documentVaccination
View the documentMain diseases of poultry


71. All poultry must be vaccinated when they are very young, before they have begun to lay eggs.

Young birds that have not been vaccinated do not resist diseases, and die.

If you have to vaccinate a hen that is laying, it will not lay any more eggs. Vaccination is generally used against fowl pox, cholera and Newcastle disease.

There are two chief ways of vaccinating:

· mixing the vaccine with the drinking water;
· by making injections.

The animal husbandry service teaches farmers how and when to give injections. Ask the animal husbandry service for clear instructions and vaccine.