Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smw18, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. smw18

    smw18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Well, when we use to have horses and we got a new one we would put it in isolation for a 30 days so nothing gets passed on to the other horses. I want to get another chicken for my roo but was wondering how long they had to be in isolation before being able to safely put them in with my old ones?
  2. myfivegirls

    myfivegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2009
    Delhi, NY
    Many people have said here on BYC that it's good to keep new chickens in isolation for 30 days, and watch for any signs of illness or parasites.

    Perhaps if you do a search, you could find more info, as it's talked about quite a bit on here.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    That 30 day period is pretty common. I'll add a bit of a twist to it though. It is possible thay a chicken can develop immunity to a disease, especially when they are young. Since they develop that immunity, no matter how long you keep them quarantined they will never show that disease but they can still pass that disease to your flock. For that matter, your existing flock may be immune to something but they could infect newcomers.

    What I suggest is you pick a potentially sacrificial member of your existing flock to put with any newcomers and seee what happens. I don't know any way to get any safer.

    I don't know what your risk is of a newcomer bringing in a disease. There are just too many unknowns. Many people bring home chickens from chicken swaps and all that and seem to never have a problem, but occasionally people's flocks get wiped out because of this.

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