New chickens in isolation, questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mustangsaguaro, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    San Martin, Ca
    Yesterday I picked up 3 new chickens. I currently have them separated from my other ones. My main flock is free ranged during the day and get locked up at night. The new chickens are in the pen next door (w/ a wall between the two) to my already existing flock. Is this to close of quarters for the new chickens to my existing flock? As I stated the existing flock free ranges during the day so they are not in the coop at all during the day, only at night. I only have 2 chickens that come into the coop during the day to lay there eggs and then they leave after they have laid. The coop really isn't a coop as it was originally built for parrots. So there are small area's next to one another separated obviously w/ walls.,

    The other question I have is I have an area in the back of the coop that is open. and am wondering w/ the new chickens if it's ok to let them in that back area during the day so they don't have to stay locked up 24/7 until I introduce them to the others. I have that back area closed off so my other chickens can't get to that area.

    Finally, how long should I keep these new ones separated?

  2. Chickemee

    Chickemee Songster

    Jul 30, 2007
    I'm not sure about the other questions but I keep my new chickens seperate for about 1 to 2 weeks.
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    as long as they are seperared it will be fine
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I believe you are suppose to keep 200 feet away!

    Praise the Lord that I never had any problem (I don't have that many options so I keep new birds in the other 1/2 of my coop separated bywire fence)
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:Any closer and you risk giving your existing flock any airbourne diseases that the new chickens may have.
    Quarentine time should be 3-4 weeks.
  6. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    NPIP guidelines say 30 days minimum quarantine (even if the new birds are from NPIP registered flocks). At least this is what the state tester from my state's department of agriculture told me.

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