Originally Posted by Rainwolf
Originally Posted by FirewifeJess
Question for you guys: I will have a very secure run on Friday. Saturday I'm picking up 2 new chicks from Dawn and Tamara. I need to keep them separate, don't want anyone getting sick. My girls are used to free-ranging so they can sleep in the coop and leave out the man-door to access the backyard. What about the 2 new ones? Could I make them a makeshift shelter in the run out of a rubbermaid bin and call it good for a week or two? Sounds like the most economical way to quarantine them, I just don't know if it will be warm enough inside a bin outside. The run will be covered.
One more thing: some people seem to be REALLLLY concerned about quarantining their birds and freaked by disease, and others are really laid back and have no problems with an acceptable small quarantine and risk. Dude...I have no idea what to do now. I was thinking of just observing for a week or so and then letting them mingle a bit. Are the people who are SO concerned the ones with huge flocks? I only have 8 girls and all stays very clean on a regular basis. New water daily. Fresh feed from the gravity hanging feeder. So...talk to me peeps! Should I just have appropriate meds on hand in case of a cocci contamination and then not worry too much about them after quarantine?
Quarantine is as important as you value your flock.. If you have a rare breed and a lot of $ invested then you will be very careful bringing in any live birds from outside.
If you have a small backyard flock that will not break the bank or heart if something comes in then you can be more laid back on the quarantine.
The reason for Quarantine is 2 things....
Preventing the new stressed bird from passing anything to your flock.
And controlled introduction without the new bird being attacked by the entire flock.
First thing is a simple Quarantine where your birds do not have access or can come in any contact with the new bird/s
Length of time is based on your judgment, experience and how much your worried about your current flock.
Second is after quarantine is introduction but with a barrier so they get to know each other.
Again Length of time is based on your judgment, experience and how your current flock reacts to the new one.
Third step is to put the new one in the coop at night with the current flock.
You will want to do this when you can be there first thing in the morning so that if the flock attacks you can rescue.
This also depends on how worried you are about the new bird/s, how big the coop is and if they have space to run/hide...
Hope this helps
Some people don't quarantine at all and haven't had any problems, some quarantine for 30 days no matter what.
I brought in 2 new ones a few weeks ago and was glad I had quarantined them. I think the stress plus a new environment(bugs) brought on Coccidiocis. I think if they had been out with the others I may not have noticed as quickly who it was.
Anyway, I think people should do the best they can to protect both the original flock and the newbies.
I would at least try to keep them seperate for a couple of weeks.
Just remember you have different "bugs" in your area than wherever the new ones came from.
You don't know how each is going to handle being exposed to anything new.
You would have this issue no matter how clean your chicken area is.
Use your best judgement!