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

    May 29, 2011
    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

    Feb 28, 2010
    Clinton, OH

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