Originally Posted by Goldiefishie
My flock of 4 girls is about 15 months old that I raised as chicks, that's pretty much all my experience with chickens. I love my girls, spent a lot of time taming them and handling them, so they're pretty mild mannered.
I have unexpectedly adopted/inherited a 10 month old barred rock. She's never been properly handled and skittish. I dunno what should be the proper procedures.
I have an x-pen set up next to my run so I can introduce her to the flock, but decided to take her in the house and hold her a bit.
I'm currently sitting in the bathtub with her as I write this. Should I keep her in the house for a few days before putting her in the pen (the separate one next to the run)? Or should I put her in the pen so she can see other hens?
While my ultimate goal is to introduce her... I have to honestly say... I'm more concerned about my old flock dynamics getting thrown out of balance though...
I agree with what the others have said, and do that if you cannot quarantine properly, but I thought i'd share what happened to me when I didn't quarantine.
I rescued 2 seemingly healthy roosters, and put them in with my flock (seperated, of course) that same day, no quarantine. Several weeks later, (2-3) I noticed some increased sneezing and watery discharge from some hens and those 2 roosters. I was brand new to chickens, so I left it, assuming it would get better on its own.
Fast forward a few months, and I see roundworms in my chicken's poo! I treated them all, got rid of the worms, and relaxed. By then I knew it was the roosters that had brought it in. No new birds other than them had come in.
THEN, one day I was looking at one of my birds, doing a routine check..... And I found lice!
I did reaserch, found a good dust product, (permectrin) and dusted. Got rid of them with first dusting, re dusted in 2 weeks. They came back again after 1 month. As of now, I am still hoping there is nothing else they brought in that has not reared its head yet...
I know now for me, quarantine is neccecary. Too many risks.
Just my 2 ¢.
If you do a proper check, and do preventatives, you should be fine.... Just something to think about.