Quarantine

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I'm hopeful going to invest in some more chickens next month
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. There is going to be a large poultry show at the NYS Fairgrounds. I know that I should quarantine the new birds for 2-3 weeks. If I buy a few birds should I quarantine each of them seperatly?
 
Good question. I guess it would be best to keep them separate from each other if they come from different breeders, if you have the room. If not, I would at least keep them separate from your birds. Hope you find some cool birds!

Paula:)
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Ideally, you would quarantine them separately, however, most people dont have the facilities to do so. Separate quarters would insure that your new birds didn't pass anything to each other. I wouldn't quarantine for less than 4 weeks, though. Sometimes it takes even longer than that for something to show up. Two weeks isn't long enough, IMO.
 
Quarentine them a minimum of 30 days and as far away from your other chickens as possible!

As for individual or separate. I guess you need to consider, are they coming from the same place? Won't make a difference then. Or from separate places? Then I would consider separate quarantine. Of course, there is the how many are you willing to treat/loose too. If you get one from person #1 and two from person #2 and 4 from person #3 and the one from person #1 turns out to be sick and you house them together they could/will all be sick in short order.
 
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