Adding to our flock.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chuck_H, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Chuck_H

    Chuck_H In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    Huntersville, NC
    We're getting 3 new hens today...Anything I need to know about as far as adding new ones.....

    Ours are 8 mths and the new ones are "Adult"...
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Isolate them where the rest of the flock can see and hear them but not get near them. Some folks will advise to quarantine them for awhile and observe for illnesses. To me, most adult birds one buys and gets to examine closely won't show illness or parasites upon examination but still may harbor latent viruses. These may not manifest and the birds may still be carriers. When you unite them with your flock you will still get potential exposure.

    I free range all the time, so I just throw my new ones in the mix and let them all sort it out. This works fine for me and I have had no problems with this. I have a strong flock with good immune systems.

    But you might want to follow the advice of folks who keep flocks in a confined pen who use medicated feeds and medications for illnesses, if this is the type of operation you have.
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    I would certainly quarantine.

    The first adult rooster I got I had in quarantine for a week before I noticed his symptoms, sneezing and occational gasping. Turns out he had gapeworm.

    Gapeworms are sneezed out by infected birds and infect earthworms and slugs, when these infected worms are eaten by the chickens they can become infected. If I had added him to the flock right off I would have gapeworm in my soil now. Quarantine is definately a good idea!

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