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How long to quarantine a hen after infection

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kathrync, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. kathrync

    kathrync In the Brooder

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    I have a hen that had some sort of sickness last week, not sure what it was. She was lethargic, not eating or drinking, and had yellowish-white runny poo with dark green chunks in it. Not good. I took her out of the flock and put her in a separate pen by herself so she couldn't infect the other birds. I called a few vet offices to find out if I could get her poo tested for worms, but vets won't do anything for chickens around here, grrrrr....

    The only thing I could think to do for her was give her some antibiotic powder in her water, which I did for about 4 days. Gave it to her 3x per day by syringe. Now, she is eating and drinking fine, active, and her poo is looking more normal. Not 100% normal, but much better. What I'm wondering is how long should I keep her away from the other girls? It wouldn't be such a big deal, except I'm leaving on vacation next Tuesday and won't be back for a week. My neighbor is taking care of the chicks while I'm gone. I would hate for them all to get sick while I'm away.

    What would you do??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Realistically, since she started showing symptoms while in the flock they have already been exposed if indeed is an infectious entity. I would put her back sooner rather than later so that any pecking order problems might be lessened.
     
  3. kathrync

    kathrync In the Brooder

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    Thanks sourland. I hadn't thought of pecking order issues... although this hen is usually the bully under normal circumstances, so I don't think she would be picked on much.
     

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