quarantining chicks (mail/feed store)?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farmergal, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. farmergal

    farmergal Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Hi all --
    I know you're supposed to quarantine birds if you get older laying hens from a neighborhood breeder... so they don't infect the flock you've raised from day-old chicks. But can I safely introduce a few chicks (the local feed store has Light Brahmas right now!) to my existing week-old babies without worrying about diseases? I think the feed store's chicks are about the same age as my babies since they've had them for a few days, so size-wise they'd be ok.
    Thanks for any help!
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Wow, I really don't have na answer for that, but i'll give you a bump, and maybe someone else can help. IMO, I would say since they are babies, and they more than likely have not been around grown chickens, or been able to get in the dirt, that it would be fine, but like i said, i'm not sure.
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Good question. I'd probably keep them out for at least a week just in case, but I'd think at that age that you wouldn't have a problem.

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