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Do I need to quarantine 15 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HeatherTheMommy, May 21, 2016.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 11 laying hens but they aren't great layers. Someone local to me is selling 15 week old red sex links and a few other breeds. I don't really have anywhere to quarantine them though:/. Do 15 weekers need to be quarantined?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Any birds have the potential to bring in pests and/or disease....how to assess and handle the risk is your choice.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    At the very least, I think I'd dust them for mites/lice. For the back yard poultry keeper, true quarantine is practically impossible. You'd need to be set up with enclosed space hundreds of feet away from your flock, separate clothing, foot wear, sterilize your shoes, not allow your flock out to free range, not move any equipment back and forth between flocks, then at the end of quarantine period, introduce one of your least favored birds to the new birds to see if the new birds are harboring any latent pathogens.
     
  4. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have a mini coop but my silkie is in there currently raising 4 week old chicks. Most of her chick's look like roos tho-_-
     
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    SilkieChickStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can you tell with Silkies at 4 weeks?
     
  6. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are adopted chick's. She went broody so I got some chick's for her. I was told they were black sex links so I was like awesome all hens because I need more layears. Turns out they're actually australorps and most of them look like roos. I'm so mad about it and dunno what to do with all of these roosters.
     
  7. SilkieChickStar

    SilkieChickStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh darn! :(
     
  8. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you go about adding new birds?
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.......
    ......take what applies or might help and ignore the rest.
    See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens into flock.


    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    It's about territory and resources(space/food/water). Existing birds will almost always attack new ones.
    Understanding chicken behaviors is essential to integrating new birds into your flock.

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    The more space, the better.
    Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    In adjacent runs, spread scratch grains along the dividing mesh, best of mesh is just big enough for birds to stick their head thru, so they get used to eating together.

    Another option, if possible, is to put all birds in a new coop and run, this takes the territoriality issues away.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders. If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.

    Best example ever of chick respite and doors by azygous
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1069595/introducing-chicks-to-adults#post_16276224


    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock
     

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