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Should I isolate new hatchery birds?

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I have new 4-week-old pullets arriving tomorrow or the next day from McMurray. Should I isolate them from my hens, to make sure they have no disease, or is it safe to go ahead and put them in the pen right next to my coop/run? If you think I should isolate them, how long should I do so?

I would think, coming from a certified hatchery, that they would be fine, but I do want to be safe. What would/do you do?
Edited by Coopmom56 - 4/6/16 at 4:29am
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They need to be isolated mostly for their own safety. The big hens will want to peck your small hens. Have them meet through a fence for a few weeks. Try searching for integration methods.

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Thank you. I have a pen ready for them next to the run, so they can see each other but not mix yet. I was asking about bio security but didn't state it clearly enough in my original post, sorry!
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No worries! People have integrated hatchery chicks into their flocks for years on end. :)

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