Hi, We have 4 healthy chicks that are 5 days old; not a single thing wrong with them. Healthy breathing, healthy poops, healthy everything. We have hatching eggs from different sources around the country. Some are due to hatch in 9 days, others are due to hatch in 2 weeks and others still longer. We have found homes for all of the 'extras' that we cannot keep. But I want to make darn well sure that these people are getting HEALTHY birds. I was (told) that if a hen is infected with an illness or disease, some of them can be passed to the egg, making the chick born with that illness...and they can (and will) pass it on to the healthy chicks. I have NO reason to believe that any of the eggs contain sickly chicks. My questions are: ♫ What is the associative definition of "quarantine" for baby chicks? Do we need 5 different brooders placed in 5 different locations throughout the house, along with 5 different sets of feeders/waterers to go along with the 5 different sources from whence the chicks came? That seems over the top to me....but if that is what we need to do we'll do it. ♫ How long do these separated groups have to be quarantined? a week? 2 weeks? a month? ♫ What are some specific or general signs to look for...for ill chicks? ♫ How long after the chicks have hatched is it safe to say that they are healthy and able to go to their new homes? My ultimate concern is that these chicks are 100% healthy for their new owners. Thank you in advance!!