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Vaccination Program for Duck Breeders

Vaccination Program for Duck Breeders

Age

Vaccine

Route

Type

1 day old

Riemerella anatipestifer

Aerosol

Live vaccinea

10–14 days

R anatipestifer

Drinking water

Live vaccinea

3 wk

R anatipestifer

SC

Bacterinb

4 wk

Duck viral hepatitis

SC

Live vaccinec (Type 1)

4 wk

Duck viral enteritis

SC

Live vaccinec

10 and 20 wkd

R anatipestifer

SC

Bacterinb

10 and 20 wk

Duck viral hepatitis

SC

Killed virus vaccine (Type 1)

a A live, avirulent vaccine consisting of the three major serotypes (1, 2, and 5) of R anatipestifer

b A formalin-inactivated cell suspension of the three major serotypes (1, 2, and 5) of R anatipestifer. Bacterins and killed virus vaccines are administered SC in the neck.

c A modified-live virus vaccine of chick embryo origin.

d White Pekin breeder ducks normally start egg production at 24 wk of age. Egg production can be accelerated or delayed and breeder vaccination should be completed before the onset of egg production to optimize the passage of parental immunity to the progeny.