Do you Quarantine chicks like you do adult birds???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SportTees, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know when you get adult birds you quarantine them from your current flock. Do you also do that with bought day old or even week old chicks?? It doesn't seem like it would be as big a deal since they haven't been outside the brooder. Thanks
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    There is always a risk, but if you are buying froma major hatchery, I think the risk is very low. They really have to keep on top of diseases to stay in business. If you are buying from a small independent, the risk goes up because they cannot afford the testing the big boys can and our biosecurity is nothing like the big commercial operations. How many of us shower in-shower out any visitors or ourselves or disinfect the tires of any vehicles that come on site. I don't.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you get the chicks from anywhere other than a hatchery, yes, I would quarantine them.
     
  4. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    How long would you Quarantine for?
     
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One month
     
  6. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PLEASE quarantine them even if they come from a hatchery!! Here's my experience: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=76111

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    didn't add that I had hatched 12 or so turkey poults at the same time. They were with the chicks. All but 3 of those died. When I spoke to the girl I got the hatchery silkies from, she said people had been calling her telling her something was wrong. I told her what I suspected and told her to call the other people and tell them what to do.

    I just ASSUMED they would be okay since they came from a hatchery. MAN was that a bad & costly assumption!! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quarantine everything that is not from your farm, including hatchery chicks.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, I do recall some hatchery chicks having issues last year, so I amend my statement about that. Do quarantine everything!
     
  9. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would have never guessed hatchery chicks - since they have bio security measures. I put some hatchery chicks in with mine this year already luckily I haven't had any issues with them. I will definitely Quarantine everything for now on thanks everyone
     
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YEs r ree... for one month
    better to be safe then sorry.
     

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