Parrot in the same home as my brooder chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dirtbath, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hi All,

    Had a question regarding my Grand Eclectus Parrot whom I've raised since he was 12 weeks old. He is now seven, and a HUGE part of my family. I want to bring my 4 brooder silkies into my home and keep in my spare bedroom until they are old enough to go outside (about 4 weeks). My parrot will be on the opposite side of the house, but of course dander and stuff will be flying all over. How can I keep potential bird germs from my brooders away from my parrot? I would just DIE if something happened to him. I remember 20 years ago when I had a cockateil in my home with about 20 chicks from Murray McMurray hatchery and everything was fine, but I just want to cover my bases. Thanks!
  2. yoie

    yoie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have my parrot, also an eclectus, in the same room with my chicks. Last year I raised 5 seperate groups of chicks in the same room as her with no problems, except she was a little jealous of them. I now have another set of chicks in with her now. I just keep it clean and vacuume a lot to keep the chick dust down.
  3. jtallant

    jtallant Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012

    I am owned by a macaw, Roger, for about 28 years total now. I have chicks now in the house with him albeit in separate rooms this time, but a few years ago I raised 3 sets of chicks, ducks and geese in the same room as Roger and all was good. I was extra extra careful about washing my hands especially if I went from the chicks to him or the other way around. We had no problems with anything being passed from one to the other health-wise. I didn't let him inspect any of the brooder area though, which he hated because normally he is allowed right in that area on his playstand/tree thing, and we moved that to a different spot while the chicks were in. He really wanted to go to the chicks and that was a battle on a daily basis. :) Oh, and when Roger let loose with a squawk (you know the kind I'm talking about, ear splitting one)? The chicks all froze and stared like holy moley! lol
  4. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Buckley washington
    LOL I can only imagine what they were thinking.... DADDY?!
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I have a Congo African Grey..

    He oversees all the chicks, turkey poults, quail, ducklings.. and now emu

    he loves the chicks.. yells at me if any of the chicks fuss.. reminds me that "baby biddies go peep" ..informs every one that the ducks are called "puddle puddles" and that "Maya loves the turkey babies" .. he also whistles to the emu eggs

    I moved a bunch of chicks outside today and he started asking me where the baby biddies were

    I don't worry about disease since the chicks were all hatched out here.. hatchery chicks are kept in a different part of the house
    We do wash our hands with antibacterial soap after tending to the different brooders .. but that's more out of habit than worrying about disease..
    if we were bringing in adult fowl or birds that we had purchased elsewhere I think it would be more of a cause for concern

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