Can I let her out with them?

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For those who don't know, I recently ended up with a EE pullet that was dumped outside my workplace, Wilco. I had posted about her here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/pullet-or-cockerel-dumped-chicken.1532418/
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She's currently inside my garage in a crate until it's time to move her into the flock. We have a fenced off area where our birds can't get to and I was hoping I might be able to let her out for a few minutes to get a glimpse of the flock.

Would it be okay to do this? Or would I still be risking our birds for disease?
 
For those who don't know, I recently ended up with a EE pullet that was dumped outside my workplace, Wilco. I had posted about her here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/pullet-or-cockerel-dumped-chicken.1532418/
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She's currently inside my garage in a crate until it's time to move her into the flock. We have a fenced off area where our birds can't get to and I was hoping I might be able to let her out for a few minutes to get a glimpse of the flock.

Would it be okay to do this? Or would I still be risking our birds for disease?
How long ago did you get her? If it's been maybe a week or so and you haven't noticed anything abnormal, I think it would be alright as long as they are separated through a fence.
 
If you are able and want to do a true quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article

At least check her over for bugs.
Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.


Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).

Good post about mite ID by Lady McCamley:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/my-chicken-has-mites-now-what.1273674/page-2#post-20483008


Integrating a single bird may be difficult.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/introducing-a-single-hen-to-an-existing-flock.71997/
 
If you are able and want to do a true quarantine:
BYC Medical Quarantine Article

At least check her over for bugs.
Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.


Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).

Good post about mite ID by Lady McCamley:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/my-chicken-has-mites-now-what.1273674/page-2#post-20483008


Integrating a single bird may be difficult.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/introducing-a-single-hen-to-an-existing-flock.71997/
Thanks for the infor, I've actually been checking every day. Lucky is a pretty chill bird so I've been able to check whenever I need to.
 
What I would do is add a bird to her, and keep them together. There is apt to be a dust up, but it will be one on one. Eventually you will have a pair.

This will do two things - you won't be adding a single bird to an established flock, and if the bird you added gets sick, you KNOW before adding to your whole flock.

If you have a very large established flock, after this pair gets established, I would add a pair to them, for just maybe a day or two, and then add the 4 back to the flock.

Adding more to a flock is better.

Mrs K
 

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