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Is it necessary to separate new hens of a different breed before mixing them. If so, for how long? All are adult hens. I have 2 Bantams and 2 Americaunas. I am adding 3 Golden Sex Linked. Thanks.

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It's not really necessary to separate different breeds unless you're talking about mixing silkies and Rhode Island Reds or some other incompatible mix.

However, it is necessary to quarantine new birds for at least 2 weeks and as far away as possible - at least 50 feet but the longer and farther, the better.

Many diseases spread quite far in the air. You also don't want to mix new birds until you're sure they aren't bring parasites and not just disease.

A bird with lice or mites will infect the whole coop.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/12751/urgent-reminder-please-quarantine-newly-acquired-birds


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 11/18/15 at 8:31am

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Good information. Thanks for your reply. I have the new hens in a tractor.

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