Help regarding quarantine, please!

Missscb88

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Mar 23, 2018
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I have had a difficult time with my first experience with baby chicks. I started with 3 silkie chicks, each a few days old, and within the first week 2 had died and the last one was spunky with little symptoms of anything. The next week I had a new buddy for her/him, everything seemed fine but after a little over a week with her, she also died and now my original silkie survivor is still alive and very energetic but having symptoms again. My vet came todayand it seems to be a respiratory or sinus infection, maybe bronchitis. We are giving some antibiotics through her water for a week and she is improving. Yesterday I went to a new place to get companions for her, they are now in a separate room in their own brooder and 6 weeks old, seem very healthy. When can I place them together? They are not meat birds nor am I overly concerned about eating their eggs. I am curious if I should let them be in the same brooder and just share the water to avoid any problems when they meet initially or wait a week for the antibiotics to run out and she is well? Any advice would be appreciated! I really am worried about her being lonely and the new babies being away from their little buddies as well.
 

bobbi-j

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How old is your lone chick? About 2-3 weeks? And the others are 6 weeks? If I am reading that right, I would suggest waiting until your lone chick is a little closer in size to the others. Can you get any close to her age and size?
 

Missscb88

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Mar 23, 2018
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She is just at 4 weeks old and very close in size, if not the same as one of the new ones. If I may add the 2 new chicks are calm and not at all aggressive
 

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