quarantine hen from npip hatchery

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mastiffs07, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. mastiffs07

    mastiffs07 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2014
    I plan to get a 6 month old hen from npip hatchery this weekend. Do I need to quarantine the new hen? I currently have 1 hen
  2. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Songster

    Feb 23, 2015
    Petting Buffy Like a Dog
    How long has the hen you have now currently been there?

    If she has claimed it as her territory,you will need to intergrate her.Even if she is not territorial they will still fight,mainly because chickens don't like change (Newcomers.)
  3. mastiffs07

    mastiffs07 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2014
    The current hen has been with me since end of January. My other chicken turned out to be a rooster so she has been alone for about a week
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    NPIP doesn't necessarily mean totally free from disease or pests, it depends on what your state requires for NPIP.

    Whether or not to quarantine is up to you to decide based on risk factors.
    Some folks with large flocks of birds that are costly either in emotions or finances, always do a full out quarantine because the consequences of losing their existing birds is not something they'd chance.

    Integration is something else you'll need to deal with.

    Here's some notes I've taken on integration that I found to be very helpful.
    See if any of them, or the links provided at the bottom, might offer some tips that will assist you in your situation:

    Integration of new chickens into flock.

    Consider medical quarantine:
    BYC Medical Quarantine Article
    Poultry Biosecurity
    BYC 'medical quarantine' search

    Confine new birds within sight but physically segregated from older/existing birds for several weeks, so they can see and get used to each other but not physically interact. Integrating new birds of equal size works best.

    For smaller chicks I used a large wire dog crate right in the coop for the smallers. I removed the crate door and put up a piece of wire fencing over the opening and bent up one corner just enough for the smallers to fit thru but the biggers could not. Feed and water inside the crate for the smallers. Make sure the smallers know how to get in and out of the crate opening before exposing them to the olders. this worked out great for me, by the time the crate was too small for the them to roost in there(about 3 weeks), they had pretty much integrated themselves to the olders.

    If you have too many smallers to fit in a crate you can partition off part of the coop with a wire wall and make the same openings for smallers escape.

    The more space, the better. Birds will peck to establish dominance, the pecked bird needs space to get away. As long as there's no blood drawn and/or new bird is not trapped/pinned down, let them work it out. Every time you interfere or remove new birds, they'll have to start the pecking order thing all over again.

    Multiple feed/water stations. Dominance issues are most often carried out over sustenance, more stations lessens the frequency of that issue.

    Places for the new birds to hide out of line of sight and/or up and away from any bully birds.

    Read up on integration..... BYC advanced search>titles only>integration
    This is good place to start reading:
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2015

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