quarantine length

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by comountainchick, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. comountainchick

    comountainchick New Egg

    Sep 29, 2015
    Hi all,
    I have 2, 2 1/2 year old chickens (light Brahma and Buff Orpington), 1 15 week old pullet (blue Wyandotte) and we just added a 9 week old pullet (golden Wyandotte) last week (replacing one that we got with the 15 week old one that didn't make it - not from respiratory issue). I quarantined the newest pullet as usual, but one day after we got her, she came down with some sort of upper respiratory issue (sneezing, wheezing, small amount of odorless, clear nasal discharge). I have treated her with Tylan 50 soluble for 3 days and she is good as new (yay!). But I realize she is now a carrier of whatever that was. How long would you continue to quarantine her? I planned on 4 weeks initially, but now thinking longer may be necessary. Or does it matter since she is a carrier and will always spread it to the rest of the flock? Culling is not an option; we are not selling eggs or chickens, 4 chickens is our limit, and do this for a hobby and the enjoyment of the birds.
  2. The Chicken-Boy

    The Chicken-Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some say 3 weeks, some 4. To be on the safe side 4 weeks.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Welcome to BYC.
    If she is a carrier then no length of time will make a difference. So if you want to keep her you will have to decide if the risk of her infecting the rest of the flock is worth it.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  5. The Chicken-Boy

    The Chicken-Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Something to look more in to:

    Turkeys have something that kills some other diseases. Do NOT trust me on this! I herd it somewhere and it may not be correct!!!

  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    We could wish that turkeys "kill other diseases"!!! They can carry a less deadly type of Marek's disease, and also die of a parasite that's fairly harmless to chickens. Mary
  7. The Chicken-Boy

    The Chicken-Boy Chillin' With My Peeps


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