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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by taprock, Nov 30, 2010.
We were given a new hen today, how long do I need to keep her separate? And what am I looking for?
At least 4 weeks and here is a thread that should help you: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=12751
At least a month- but someone said they had some respiratory thing (on one of the threads) show up at 6 weeks (while still in quarantine).
For me it would depend on whether this was a significant financial investment I would lose- like a large flock vs. a small flock in the backyard. But the standard answer on this message board I see most of the time is at least 4 weeks.
Also, I would automatically dust with Sevin or depending on the age of the hen give a pour on like Eprinex to treat for worms and mites/lice. And because I'm picky I'd bathe the chicken and blow dry.
How do you setup this quarantine ? Separate pen or cage ? What about new chicks once grown, and introducing the new birds to and existing flock ?
There's a nice BYC page for you!!!
People use whatever facilities they have for quarantines. Some use a dog crate in the garage...some have a separate coop, or a rabbit hutch. I have never done a quarantine (but I should have!!!).
I kept my new chicks -quarantined for 12 weeks. Then moved them into a separte area in the coop for a week and then into a fenced off area of the run.. It was not just for illness, I was waiing for them to get some size on them before I put them in w/ the big girls..
The 14 week olds were quarantined for 35days.. During this time I handled them, and listened to each on breath--listening for any thing different, I watched for runny noses or anything that might sound/look like a cold.. I wormed them and dusted them for mites/pests..
I have almost 100 acres -so you would think keeping them separated would not be a problem...WELL, I let my girls free range, came in for about 30 min.. and found them over 150ft away Around the quarantine coop! Thank goodness, I ended up w/ healthy birds or I could have lost my org. 5 girls and I would have been really sad! So, where ever you have them be sure that your org birds can't wonder over to them..