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Biosecurity question :Broody hatching eggs from another farm

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazy huhn, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Songster

    May 24, 2008
    I do not have a rooster anymore, so I was thinking of putting some fertile eggs under my broody hen from another farm or maybe even some mail order ones from another BYC member. So far I always hatched in my incubator, but this year I thought it would be fun to do it with a broody. However, I am always concerned about the biosecurity. Is there a health risk for my flock by putting fertile eggs from another farm under my broody or what do I have to do to minimize that?

  2. cwc362

    cwc362 Songster

    Sep 26, 2008
    Huntingdon- West Tn
    I've wondered that too, If any diseases can be passed through the egg. Maybe somebody will chime in and give you an answer!!
  3. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    There are some diseases that are transmitted through the egg. A common practice of many hatcheries is to vaccinate before they hatch, while still in the egg.

    Now here is something to mull over, I don't believe that the risk would be any greater then to have wild birds visit your flock. Even birds flying over the run that is not roofed and leaving droppings in your pen can spread parasites and disease.
  4. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Songster

    May 24, 2008
    Quote:Sure, similar if I go to visit a different poultry farm. However, I always change my entire clothes and shoes, usually even take a shower before going to see my chickens when back home. Paranoid or just better safe than sorry.........
  5. I would get some Oxine, or Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant, and dip the eggs before they get put under a broody. Just dip them to kill any germs on the egg and let them dry, dont wipe them and the bloom will stay on.

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