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I know, I know. This is a strange question but I have to ask because I'm really torn on the issue. I don't vax my kids, my cats haven't had any of their boosters, and my dog's only had the rabies and Parvo vax at DH's insistance. Now I also have 2 Pekin ducks that live in the house.<br><br>
Unlike most pets, ducks can carry disease/illness that can spread to humans. I have 2 young children. If you were in my shoes, would you vaccinate the ducks? I don't know what to do because I really don't like vaccinating ANYTHING, but then I really don't want my children (or me) to pick something up from the ducks. If they were going to live strictly in the house this wouldn't be an issue, but they will also be spending quite a bit of time outside with the chickens.
 

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Yeah that's a weird question! Do they even make vaccines for ducks? Don't the ducks poop all over the house?<br><br>
OK I'm not much help...but I had to post something!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yes, they make vaccines for ducks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They don't poop all over the house because they wear diapers. Talk about funny looking! I can't put the regular diapers on them until they're fully grown (too much of a PITA to make when they'll outgrow them in a week) so they've been wearing plastic baggies.
 

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and, omg, what a cute pic to imagine... the diapered ducks in the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They don't poop all over the house because they wear diapers.</div>
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Can you email me a pic?
 

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I guess I would only because it is easier for them to carry in stuff. KWIM? I had a pet duck and she was soooooo awesome! She was strictly an outside duck but she *thought* she was a human and made me carry her around and woudl sit (full grown) on my shoulder while I walked around. Strange bird.
 

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I'll post a pic when they're full grown and wearing real diapers. Right now they're just wearing clear plastic baggies so they look kind of nasty.<br><br>
About assuming the duck vaxes work--I think this is one of those times when you have to assume they work or assume they don't. I'm assuming they do because everyone else I know who's had ducks has vaccinated them and they've never gotten sick. Yeah, I know I could use the same logic for humans but there's SO MUCH info out there about human vaxes that contradict that. I haven't seen anything about poultry vaxes not working, but I haven't been researching it for very long. I'm think I'm willing to take a chance on the ducks dying from the vaxes, but not on my kids dying from them, KWIM?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">About assuming the duck vaxes work--I think this is one of those times when you have to assume they work or assume they don't. I'm assuming they do because everyone else I know who's had ducks has vaccinated them and they've never gotten sick. Yeah, I know I could use the same logic for humans but there's SO MUCH info out there about human vaxes that contradict that. I haven't seen anything about poultry vaxes not working, but I haven't been researching it for very long. I'm think I'm willing to take a chance on the ducks dying from the vaxes, but not on my kids dying from them, KWIM?</div>
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So you're thinking of "sacrificing" the ducks to vaccination in order to protect your children? I can understand that logic, especially with all the Bird Flu propaganda going on. Is there a "bird flu" vaccine for birds?<br><br>
I'd suggest the same thing as for vaccinating any other creature- what are the risks of the illnesses they can vaccinate against? Who can they spread to, and what are the treatment options for everybody who's vulnerable to that illness?
 

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I've heard that there IS a bird flu vax, but I'll have to ask my vet to confirm. The vet that lives down the road from me will be handling my duck vaxes if I decide to get them because he's very gentle/good with "farm" animals and has his own hobby farm. There's also a Hep vax and some vaxes for respiratory illnesses that can be contracted by humans. I don't know if the Hep can be contracted by humans or not--I'll have to look into that. There are, of course, ways to minimize the risk of the birds getting the illnesses but they're kind of tricky and the illnesses usually cause death. I don't think there are any treatment options, but again that's something I need to look into more closely.
 

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Ok, these aren't MY ducks, but here is a link to an example of a diaper wearing duck.<br><br><a href="http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id47.html" target="_blank">http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id47.html</a>
 

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It's not all that rare, actually. What's rare is people keeping them as pets<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OK, I don't know about the vaxes, but I HAD to post this link of ducks dressed up! <a href="http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id72.html" target="_blank">http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id72.html</a> Not to hijack the thread or anything.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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i don't think it's fair to project our own fears onto others in the form of needles full of toxins.<br>
therefore, i would never vaccinate anyone other than myself...and since i don't think vaxes help anyone, i wouldn't vaccinate myself either!
 

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<b>i don't think it's fair to project our own fears onto others in the form of needles full of toxins.<br>
therefore, i would never vaccinate anyone other than myself...and since i don't think vaxes help anyone, i wouldn't vaccinate myself either!</b><br><br>
What does that have to do with ducks? They're not people. The fear that they could pass something on to my family is very real, not something I pulled out of my ass.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>i don't think it's fair to project our own fears onto others in the form of needles full of toxins.<br>
therefore, i would never vaccinate anyone other than myself...and since i don't think vaxes help anyone, i wouldn't vaccinate myself either!</b><br><br>
What does that have to do with ducks? They're not people. The fear that they could pass something on to my family is very real, not something I pulled out of my ass.</div>
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i don't understand your question...what DOES it have to do with ducks vs. people? you asked for opinions, you got mine...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
i'm not being snarky. i don't think it's fair to project our own fears onto anyone, including ducks or children...and when in the face of something possible/optional, then it becomes a matter of living fear instead of living peace...<br>
i don't demand you find my perspective relevant to your situation. b/c if they're going to make your family sick, then i don't understand why you would make them live in your house.<br>
again, NOT trying to sound like a jerk. just offering my thoughts. no, i wouldn't vax the ducks that live in your house. that is all.
 

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Hi! Just popping in from Europian side of the world. Little bit OT but what I have read birdflu hasn't yet hit USA?<br><br>
Here in Europe it has been found in almost all countries and when spring comes(and birds fly back from south)it will spread more. No human victims yet in Europe(in Turkey there have been deaths) but other mammals like cats have died indicating that virus is changing. Europe is getting ready though and for example free range poultry and petbirds should be kept inside. Hopefully USA will stay birdflu free but something to keep in mind just in case.
 
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