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I'm getting 8-10 ex-batts on Thursday and am worried about bringing in diseases. How long should I quarantine? Any advice on things I can do to prevent a disease outbreak? Thanks!

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Considering the sorts of conditions they have been kept in, I would say quarantine MINIMUM 4 weeks and preferably 6-8. Definitely use a canary or even two from your own flock.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Is there anything else I can do other than putting one of my existing birds in with them and see if the get sick? I don't know if I could do that I love them all! Thanks for the answer on the quarantine. I'll probably try to keep them separate for 8 weeks. Thanks!
Vegetarian.Mini lop rabbit,mini rex rabbits,Hanoverian/Shire,Appaloosa,Thoroughbred,Warmblood,Clydesdale,potbellied pigs,Guinea Hens,EEs,Black Australorps,Golden Laced Wyandotte,Partridege Rocks,RIRs,NJ Giant,Brown Leg Horn,Barred Rocks,White Leghorns,Silkies,mouse,dogs,fish,Cochins,Silver Lakenvelders,Golde Stars,d'Uccles,Blue Swedish Duck, Welsh Harlequin Duck, Old English roo,Polish...
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Vegetarian.Mini lop rabbit,mini rex rabbits,Hanoverian/Shire,Appaloosa,Thoroughbred,Warmblood,Clydesdale,potbellied pigs,Guinea Hens,EEs,Black Australorps,Golden Laced Wyandotte,Partridege Rocks,RIRs,NJ Giant,Brown Leg Horn,Barred Rocks,White Leghorns,Silkies,mouse,dogs,fish,Cochins,Silver Lakenvelders,Golde Stars,d'Uccles,Blue Swedish Duck, Welsh Harlequin Duck, Old English roo,Polish...
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post #4 of 4
It's the safest option. You can't use an outside bird - because you can't guarantee its health. Not using a canary risks infection if the ex-bats do have something and remain asymptomatic (not particularly likely but plenty possible). Better to lose one or two birds than an entire flock.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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