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Suggested Ratite Vaccination Protocols

Suggested Ratite Vaccination Protocols

Ratite

Disease

Vaccination and Schedule

Ostrich

Ratite pox

Commercial fowlpox vaccine

  • In wing web

  • Administered at 10–14 days of age

Ostrich

Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)

Sterne cattle vaccine

  • Initial booster 3 weeks before placing into pasture pens

  • Booster 2–3 weeks later with annual vaccine

Ostrich

Clostridium perfringens types C and D

Commercial livestock vaccine

  • Initial inoculation at 12 weeks of age, followed by booster 2 weeks later

  • Annual booster

Emu

Eastern, western, Venezuelan equine encephalitis

  • Initial inoculation at 6–8 weeks of age, followed by two boosters 4 weeks apart

  • Booster every 6 months

  • Booster in the event of an outbreak

Emu

Blackleg (Clostridium chauvoei )

  • Initial inoculation at 8 weeks of age followed by booster 12 weeks later

  • Annual booster after breeding season