Quarantine Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SweetSkyFarmGrl, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. SweetSkyFarmGrl

    SweetSkyFarmGrl Hatching

    Apr 15, 2012
    Hi Folks,

    I'd like to add two more production reds to my flock of 4. I've read all about quarantine and have a few questions. My flock of 4 were born March 21st and I'm going to add two that were born March 28th. I can easily keep them quarantined in the run during the day (it's about 16x16) but I'm not sure what to do with them at night. From what I've read I shouldn't put them in the coop together at night for two weeks either, correct? Since I don't have another coop to keep them separate, I'm considering keeping them in a large tote in my garage with the top on and good ventilation holes throughout. Is that a viable solution? Is there a different way to keep them that is more economical that buying a new container/dog crate/etc.? Thanks so much for your help!!
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Just put something for the new birds to roost on in the pen, a:branch or 2x4 turned edge ways.... They do not have to have a coop for that short of time, in my opinion.

    Most of my birds do not use the coup for the first 2-4 months and a few mature birds roost outside of the coop on branches i have in the pens. I let them roost where they want to roost.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012
  3. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    Dillsburg, PA
    My Coop
    I kept two new birds in the garage for a couple week. It worked out pretty well. I'm glad I kept them separate, because it was a bigger adjustment to the flock than I expected. I was happy to have them move into the real coop, though. What a pain transporting them back and forth!

    I don't know the size of your tub, but chickens don't need a lot of space to sleep. A big tub should work. I used something 4x4 that I had on hand, and that was more than enough space. I would think the top should be more ventilation than lid, though. Sounds like what you are thinking, too.

    Enjoy your new reds!
  4. SweetSkyFarmGrl

    SweetSkyFarmGrl Hatching

    Apr 15, 2012
    Thanks so much for the info. I really appreciate it!!

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