Mixing new birds with old ones. Diseases? Sickness?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Meat Hunter, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Meat Hunter

    Meat Hunter In the Brooder

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    Heres the deal. I have an established flock of 16 birds. One Roo, the rest hens. A lady down the road is getting out of the egg business and says I can have as many of her young hens as I like. They are about 5 months old. I have read several places that one MUST keep a new batch of chickens away for at least 30 days, sometimes longer to make sure no diseases get passed on. I have also read that people say nahhh, just throw em together. I do not want to lose any of my birds. So, is quarantining the birds the right move? Is there anything I can add to the feed or water as a preventative measure?
     

  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Songster

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