Quarantine Qs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CityClucks, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I am getting a very small flock from a hatchery and am not planning to vaccinate (because the hatchery advises against it for some reason), but if I EVER want to add a new cluck or new chicks next year, I'm not sure how to go about it. Here are my basic questions about quarantining new birds before introducing them to the flock:

    1. How far away should the quarantine area be from the existing flock?

    2. If a seemingly healthy bird from a friend's flock is quarantined, will it display any disease it has been carrying within 30 days after it's removed from its old flock - even if it was never sick with the old flock?

    I'm not sure what to look for - if the new bird doesn't get sick in 30 days - does that mean it's not carrying anything that will make the existing flock sick? With all the talk (over my head) about carrying a disease but not getting the symptoms, etc., I don't know how introducing a new bird could ever be safe...even after a 30-day quarantine.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't know how introducing a new bird could ever be safe...even after a 30-day quarantine.

    You are correct, quarantine is not perfect and may not show carrier birds at all, even when it stretches to 6-7 weeks. It's just the least you can do to try to keep disease out of your flock, but it may not be enough. It's why I never buy started birds. I have never vaccinated, either.
    Quarantine means they do not breathe the same airspace at all.​
     
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Thanks speckledhen!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You're welcome! Good luck and enjoy your birds..
     
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    If I get hatchery chicks next year, should I get order them vaccinated?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, I never vaccinate mine at all. The only one that might be good to do is Mareks, though they must be kept away from the others for a time, I've heard.It sort of depends on what is happening in your area. You could vaccinate for cocci, but then you have wasted your $$ if you feed medicated feed, so you'd have to remember not to do that.
     
  7. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Thanks again.

    (and by the way I really value all your posts...you truly are the Queen and I bow to you!)
     
  8. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I choose to vac. for Mareks. I have other people around my area that raise chickens. For the $.15 each it helps bring me peace of mind.
     
  9. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I hadn't thought about nearby flocks - that is a really good point katrinag. So people with other flocks very near should think about vaccinating. I've heard the stories about clucks getting out and visiting other flocks.

    I am actively trying to "infect" all my friends and neighbors with the same "cluck obsession" I have, so if my evil plan to make my neighborhood a city cluck enclave succeeds, we'll all have to vaccinate.

    Seriously - if forced to choose, I'd rather lose a bird to a predator than to a disease.
     

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