Extra calm hen and Quaranteen question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by trailhound, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Last night I bought a 4-5 month old Aracauna hen from a local guy that keeps chickens as a hobby. She is a beautiful bird, but seems really extra calm. I checked her over for mites and lice and couldn't see anything. No diarrahia, seems to be healthy. Is it just her temperment, or is she just adjusting to a new situation?

    I have her in a separate cage about 5 feet from my brooder with a batch of 3 week olds. I wasn't sure if this was enough distance for quaranteen, but I thought she would be less stressed if she could be near other birds instead of totally isolated. How long to I keep her quaranteened and what else should I be looking for?

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Probably NOT far enough from the brooder to be a true quarantine... [​IMG]

    About 3-4 weeks is standard for quarantine, or longer if you see anything strange.

    Check for general signs of health - parasites, poop, food/water intake, color, sneezing/wheezing/discharge.

    I'd not be worried about her being calmer if everything else looks OK - that could just be her temperment.

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