You can add to a closed flock........you do NOT sell or give away any birds
when keeping a closed flock. If you did not practice bio-security before entering
your brooder area then most likely the chicks have been exposed to some
extent. Bio-security means you change clothes and shoes and thoroughly
scrub all exposed skin with antibacterial soap, you sanitize all footwear and
make sure your hair is free of any bird dander or feathers. Carriers can be silent
carriers. They may never show signs or they may only show signs when they get
stressed. You could have had a carrier in your original flock and not known it
until they was stressed with the addition of new birds or changes in their housing
area. Many diseases can be given to your birds through contact with wildlife or
from wildlife simply flying or passing through. The best thing we can do to protect
our flocks is to be careful when adding new birds and use quarantines. Keep a
healthy flock with regular worming and good food. You can get new birds from
many sources to include flock swaps and auctions just make sure to thoroughly
check over the new birds before buying and then quarantine for 30 days minimum
well away from your coop areas. Good luck and keep trying.
Thank you so much for explaining that, I knew with closed I couldn't give any away, but I thought I couldn't add any either.
Well this really made my day because I thought I had to choose between the 2.
If I keep my 4 hens that never got sick, the 4 hatchlings I still have (some I was hatching for a friend without an incubator, she took them right away), and add 2 barred rocks then I will have my 10.
I was very very careful with the new chicks that hatched-- never went in the room without a shower right before and clean clothes-- so I know they have not been exposed.
Is there anything I need to do when they are old enough to add to my 4 hens to prevent them from getting sick?
And what do I clean with, bleach & water?
I have a small coop/run for chicks that was never around the other hens, it's empty on the side of my house. I moved it out of the backyard when I built the new pen. I can put the chicks in there at first when I bring them out. Is there a time period after that to wait before introducing them?