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How long to quarantine?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PotterWatch, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I bought two new chicks (Australorps) to keep my RIR company. Her companion was taken out of the coop and eaten two nights ago so she is now all alone. How long do I need to keep the two new ones apart before I can put them in with her? Is there anything I can do in the mean time so she isn't too lonely? I can't put her in with our other pullets because they peck her too much and keep her from the food/water. Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. 2dream

    2dream Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I have read on hear says at least 30 days quarantine.
    You can use the search option to see if you can find any different information. Just type in "quarantine" and see what pops up or either "introducing new chicks" might produce some results.
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Any ideas on what I can do for the lonely one in the mean time?
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    You could set her up with a mirror or a stuffed animal so that she has company. I've never done this myself but have read of several members using this method.


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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Where did you buy them? If they are day olds from a hatchery, no actual quarantine is necessary, but they need to be closer to her size before being put in with her.
     
  6. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    They are about 4-5wks old and I got them from the feed store I always use.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Did they come from a hatchery or a private individual that provides chicks to the feedstore? If a hatchery, most likely they're okay without a real quarantine, but at that age, they need to be kept away from much larger birds for awhile.
     
  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    They do come from a hatchery and I haven't had any issues so far with the other birds i've gotten from there. I am hopeful that my RIR will accept them, she is small for her age (about 9-10wks) though they are certainly smaller than her. I'll just have to keep a close eye on things for a while I'm sure.
     
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  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I just put my 12 week old Easter Egger pullet in with 25+ eight week olds. The other pullets ignored her adn the cockerels chased her like a tag team. After about 4-5 days, she was fine and now she's exerting some authority of her own over the younger ones. Good luck!

    Edited to add: She is only slightly larger than the Welsummer cockerels, although she is a full month older.
     
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