Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by okiemamachick, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. okiemamachick

    okiemamachick Chirping

    Jan 11, 2015
    How long after purchasing new birds do you keep them separate from your flock? I already goofed and my flock actually walks up to my quarantine pen and talks to my two new birds so TECHNICALLY speaking quarantine isn't happening (seriously why was I thinking they wouldn't even notice two new chickens across the dang yard?!?) At this point should I still keep them separate or should I start the integration process since they're already within feet of each other daily? I think when I was thinking quarantine I was thinking if my healthy flock can't touch the new birds droppings or eat from the same pan/waterer as them then that's quarantine. Over sight on my part as someone pointed out to me :(
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    You may as well combine them. Very few back yards are set up to allow a correct quarantine. And it is not something you can fudge on, you either do it, or don't bother.
  4. I would say that you do the best that you can with your environment -- but keeping feeder and drinker separate will at least help a bit. 30-days.

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