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Quarantine for new bird

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sherloki, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Sherloki

    Sherloki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I acquired a new bird by chance. I got a call from a friend who'd had chickens in the past before moving to a place where they were under a HOA. She'd spent 45 minutes chasing a chicken in a parking lot before catching her. The bird in question is a RIR hen that appears to be very healthy she drank and ate as soon as we gave her food and water, she doesn't seem skinny, and her combs a bright red. We have her separated in a rabbit cage for now, but I was wondering how long we should keep her quarantined? My other birds are 8 pullets who're about 8 months old and 2 pullets that are about 4 months old. Already have two RIRs one of which is the "boss" so I'm also wondering how integration will go. I think the new one's older than the other pullets- she seemed to be a lot "denser" not necessarily fat but definitely felt heavier than my two RIRs and just seems to be older though size wise she looks about the same.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The answer is as long as possible and as far away from your birds as possible. Care for your birds first and then the new one, washing up between visits.

    Quarantine is from the Italian word quaranta, meaning forty so that's the number of days that is ideal.
    When you're done, put one of your expendable birds with her for a few days.
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2016
  3. Sherloki

    Sherloki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks! Will do.
     

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