Oh, my husband is so... So... GRAH! My husband went with a school friend of mine to help work his livestock auction today. I was told it was sheep, goats, cows and horses. Yeah, well, there was chickens and ducks, too. He called me and I told him I was only interested in some Easter Eggers to replace mine that I had to euthanize due to an illness (cocci/enteritis related), but I wasn't anxious to get any chickens right at this moment. I just enclosed a section of my barn for my new Wheaten Ameraucanas and I had to add hens that were quarantined for 25 days in with chickens I just got a week ago. I am not happy about it, but I trust the BYC member I got them from. I saw pictures of the housing they came from and pictures of them a month ago. I just hope my trust doesn't come back and haunt me... I combined them because I needed my small 6x8 coop my 2 Ameraucana hens were in for my broody Silkies. The chicks should be hatching in the next two days and with my broodies being bottom of the pecking order, I don't want to chance the lives of my chicks. So, I separated them and their 16+ eggs from the rest of the flock. Back to my husband and this auction... He calls me and says our friend was stuck with 4 young pullets and they are RIRs. I said I may have been interested if I would have been able to be there and inspect them, but I didn't need anymore anyways. Well, my husband paid $5 for all 4 girls and brought them home. I am flipping out. I don't know where they came from, I didn't get to look them over and I have no place to put them to quarantine them! OMG this man doesn't think like I do. He gets them to my mom's and I open the first box and see they are Red Sexlinks. I had to borrow a dog crate to house them for now - and they are sitting in my yard because I have no place to go with them. I mean, I don't want them anywhere near my flock right now. Their 4 lives are not worth risking over 50 other chickens that I have raised or specially picked for breeding purposes. I just sold all but one of my Sexlinks (Pink has a special attitude I love and I couldn't part with her) and I am trying to weed out the breeds/hybrids I don't want wasting my precious coop/shed/pen space. So far, they look clean of bugs. The one girl's wing is a bit messed up and I will have to inspect her tomorrow in the daylight. All four have trimmed beaks and are bigger than my RSL that is over 8 months old so I think they are more like a year+. They don't seem to be molting though. This is why you don't allow your significant other go and buy birds when they have no knowledge of chickens. He even came home knowing I had no place to put them. I already have 3 (plus the seven Ameraucanas) in quarantine! I have 8 young chickens in my grow out dog run (needs integrated into the flock - been working on it) and 3 of my MFCs in a dog play pen in my yard so I can finish their coop this weekend. What was he thinking? Edited to add... I got sidetracked... The point is, thanks to him, my management 'plan' has been disrupted and now I need to build and move chickens around. I wasn't ready to integrate some of my chickens yet, but now I am forced to. Moral is, if you can't quarantine, you shouldn't buy more chickens!