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Marek's Disease Vaccine: Yes? or, No?

I am waiting for an answer from the State, (VT) regarding the procedure to follow in a suspected (Marek's Disease) case of a 3 week old potentially infected Blue Silkie Chick. I Contacted my local Veterinarian's office and they too are waiting to hear from the state regarding protocol for handling such an event.

In further research, I have discovered articles and studies that claim to vaccinate chickens & turkeys against Marek's Disease may actually be more harmful than not vaccinating. Examples: PBS News Hour, ((July 27, 2015) Should I vaccinate?

In my area of VT, all of the grain/farm supply stores that sell chicks in the Spring from commercial hatcheries DO NOT have their chicks vaccinated against Marick's disease. I have ordered a single vial, (1,000 doses per vial) of Marek's Vaccine . from Meyer's Hatchery. Should I vaccinate my adult birds? I know the recommended age for vaccination is within the first 24 hours, but will the vaccine work for my older adult flock? It would be wonderful to have contact info. and procedure/protocol info. for reporting suspected poultry diseases, (and Livestock diseases,) within all of our state's Extension Service Departments. In addition, further resources such as closest diagnostic laboratories where necropsies can be performed to provide definitive results.

Penn State Extension has some good info. on Marek's Disease in chickens:

Addison County Vermont 2 months ago

Low-maintenance rain gardens on Lake Champlain

Hello, I live on Colchester Point Road. To allow our private paved road to drain runoff, ditching (a very shallow V) was performed for about 100 meters on the non-lake side of the road.The slope of the ditch/road is quite shallow. There is a big tree stump remaining in the middle of the ditch, which goes around it. The ditch drains the road and grassy slopes. There is a catch basin at the end, which drains into another basin under our driveway and then through a small culvert pretty directly to the lake, coming out about 120 feet away at the top of our stone wall above our beach. What could we plant in the ditch along that road that would absorb as much pollution/nitrogen/phosphorus as possible and still be low growing (not tall) and require little or no maintenance? The water comes out at a metal grill at the top of our wall (rock slope) above our beach. The stones range from enormous to small. What could we plant there on/among the rocks that would absorb additional nutrients and pollution from the culvert but not break up the rocks protecting our back yard? We are not opposed to tall grasses or bushes at that point on the wall. Again, low maintenance is a priority! A second question (separate from the ditch culvert): Should we plant something all along the edge of the rock slope or among the rocks to protect the lake anyway? We don't use chemicals or fertilizers for gardening, except for compost. Thanks! Note: On attached photo CULVERTEXIT, the culvert empties into a bowl of rocks at center Rt of photo. Sue

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Chittenden County Vermont over 3 years ago

acquiring rootstock for planting

Can i acquire rootstock from uvm extension for planting in my yard in Burlington?

Chittenden County Vermont horticulture over 6 years ago

How short should grass be cut

Our lawn is conservation mix. What is the best height to cut the grass in Spring, Summer and Fall? Thank you, Fred Hodgdon


Chittenden County Vermont about 3 years ago

Pond algae eating fish

We have a small pond and it grows a lot of algae in the summer. Can you recommend some fish that might help keep this under control? Thank you.


Windsor County Vermont pond management 8 days ago

Seed Source(s)

Dear UVM Ext.,

I am looking for a good, affordable source for pasture seeds and cover crops (buckwheat/winter rye). Somewhere in Vermont would be ideal. This is to broadcast seed a recent timber harvest area that will be converted to agriculture and support grazing sheep. My goals are to prevent erosion, and begin establishing pasture for roughly eight acres. Thanks!


Orange County Vermont 9 days ago

Pond aeration

We have a small pond, 35x70 feet roughly with deepest point of about 14ft. 3 years ago we had it pumped, & dredged due to unmanageable algae and growing cat tail population. We have stocked with some trout the last 3 year. It does not have a reliable new water source (ie not spring fed). For the health of the fish and general pond maintenance we are wondering what else we might consider. Currently we add bacteria and nutrient packets throughout the summer which has helped. Some friends have suggested an aerator, wondering if an aerator is important? We do not use any yard fertilizers, the pond is surrounded by grass. We use a hose rigged up to a pump to aid in water movement.


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Rutland County Vermont 16 days ago

Apple scab fungus

Is there a recommended treat!ent for a single ornamental tree?


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Washington County Vermont 17 days ago

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