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Letting other chickens visit your chickens??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by paulaoops, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. paulaoops

    paulaoops New Egg

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    A neighbor asked me if her chickens can stay in my barn for about a week until their chicken coop is finished. I've had chickens for over a year around my barn and am worried about possible parasites being introduced to my property that could be harmful to my chickens or other livestock. Is this a legitimate concern? I don't want to be unfriendly.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your concern is legitimate. The only way I would do this is if I had a place completely separate from my birds that could be sterilized afterwards.
     
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I too agree that as long as you have an area you can keep these new totally seperate and wash down things could be kept to a minimum. It would be like quarantine for new birds you would add to your flock.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Nchls school and Yorkshire coop have given you some good advice. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. paulaoops

    paulaoops New Egg

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    Thanks everyone - much appreciated! I now have a good & credible excuse to tell her no. ;-)
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    I agree with the other posters as well. I would not allow any chickens near my own until I have quarantined them for a month and checked them thoroughly for parasites or other problems. There are too many highly contagious diseases, and easily passed on parasites, to take the risk. It's common sense bio-security.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree too, it is so much better to be safe than sorry. She may take it the wrong way but, a lot of people have had disasters by not quarantining new birds. Mites, or worms etc.are an aggravation but, the chances of bringing in a contagious disease are just too great to take.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    It might make you feel uncomfortable to tell the neighbor no, but it would make you feel worse if you did it and your chickens got sick or you had to deal with parasites. If she's a knowledgeable poultry keeper, she should understand. Actually, if she were knowledgeable about poultry, she wouldn't have asked you in the first place. For all she knows, she would be putting her own flock at risk of catching something from yours. Just not a good idea for either of you.
     
  9. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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