Can't I skip quarantine?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jewelzbird, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. jewelzbird

    jewelzbird In the Brooder

    May 1, 2014
    I am taking in 2 hens from a neighbor that lives a mile away. Her hens are well and live so close. Do I really have to quarantine them first? I mean I plan on integrating them slowly and trying to make the additions as seemless as possible. And don't get me wrong, we would all cry our eyes out if our girls got sick. But I am not set up to quarantine. It would cost us to pull it off. And frankly it would be a deal breaker. Budget it too tight. Should I just tell her to find someone else? She is moving and really wants a good home. She knows how much we LOVE our girls and is excited to have hers get a good home. But...I can't build a whole coop to quarantine. Advice?

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    You can do whatever you want/choose to do with your flock - as long as you are aware of and willing to accept the risk, that is your judgment call to make (plenty of folks make the same call)
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    x2 You're the only one who can make that decision.
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Most people pretend to quarantine, as you stated, most backyard set ups are not set up to do so properly. If you don't do it properly, you may as well not do it at all.

    If you have a high price flock, or a flock that you would go into a mental decline if you lost them, don't add birds. As don't add birds at all. It is a real risk.

    If you only have a few birds, and you know and have been to the other place and seen her chickens and they look healthy, well it is not quite as much of a risk. Now, sometimes healthy birds can have been exposed to some and are still in the incubation stage, but generally speaking, healthy looks healthy. Technically if by chance you have visited her, and gone out to see her chickens and came back and went into your own flock in the same shoes and clothes, well you have already broken quarantine.

    Personally, my maximum flock is about 12, sometimes more and sometimes less. I don't go to shows or auctions. People that are set up like me, I have often gotten birds from them, added them to my flock and done just fine.

    What makes my blood run cold, is when people ( I belong to another forum and they do this all the time) go to auctions, shows and swaps and bring those birds home and add them to their flock. Those birds have been exposed to multiple birds and could have easily picked up something.

    If you have enough space in your current set up, and the birds are the same size, I would just add them. Mine always seem to work it out with little bother. However, there is some risk. The above posters are right, you have to make the call.

    Mrs K
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014
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