Adding a few new chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lindachick, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. lindachick

    lindachick New Egg

    May 8, 2016
    Is it necessary to quarantine 3 new juveniles? I have 1 existing juvenile Americauna. I lost 5/6 8 week old chicks to a predator
  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    [​IMG] @lindachick ! I'm sorry about your losses! Where'd you get your three new chickens? You'd better get some company for your lone Americauna. If you got them from a hatchery you probably don't need to quarantine.
  3. lindachick

    lindachick New Egg

    May 8, 2016
    Thank you. I don't know if the new chicks are from a farm or official hatchery...or if I know the difference. I have not purchased the new ones as yet. Thank You
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    Honestly, unless you have the ability to properly quarantine, I wouldn't bother because you're really not doing any good anyway. I don't often bring in new birds, but when I do it's from known sources. A friend with a healthy flock or a hatchery. I would not buy them from a flea market or animal swap because I don't know where they've come from or what kind of conditions they've been under.
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Quarantine is important if you have a very valuable flock, either due to numbers or quality breeding program. Or if you would be at an emotional loss to lose one of your birds. Frankly you are only risking one bird.

    I would try and get birds locally, and you might get them. Contact your feed store, the county extension agent, or a poultry club to find other crazy chicken people. Someone will know someone that might have what you are looking for.

    I too, echo bobbi-jo, do not get birds from a flea market or auction. I belong to another group, and they make my blood run cold how they add birds willy nilly.

    If you get them quickly, and add them at night, you really might not have much integration problems. Do make sure you have some hideouts set up in your set up.

    Mrs K
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

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