Can ducks transmit diseases to chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SkyBlueJar, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. SkyBlueJar

    SkyBlueJar Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a large fenced poultry yard that currently only contains chickens, but I'd like to add two muscovy ducks. Can I put the ducks in right away? Or should I house them separately for 2 weeks first? Thanks!
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, ducks can transfer disease to chickens. Most types of birds and fowl can transmit disease to each other. I'd isolate them for about two weeks to be safe.
     
  3. SkyBlueJar

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    Thanks. How far away from the coop should the isolation pen be? Is 20 feet ok?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, 20 feet is probably fine.
     
  5. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a little close in my opinion, I would look more at a minimum of 50 feet. Also make sure you disinfect before you travel between pens or you may carry any disease on you clothes or shoes between the pens.

    Clint
     
  6. SkyBlueJar

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    Thank you. What signs of illness should I be on the lookout for? The usual stuff - lethargy, discharge from the eyes/nose, missing feathers...?
     

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