Quarentine Question...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    I am thinking about purchasing a couple 9 week old Leghorns. I already have six 22 week olds. (2 Dark Brahma, 2 BA's, 2 Production Red)

    After I quarentine the new birds for 1 month (4 weeks), will I still run the risk of my flock getting infected by some sort of disease?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    It will be drastically reduced if you have a true quarantine for a month. Which means completely separate by a fair distance. Merely putting a fence between the two flocks is not quarantine.

    Also, it depends on the where you are buying them from. If a swap or a auction, I would be very careful. If you know and can visit the chickens in their present location, and all are healthy and active, not quite so critical, but still practical, much more critical if you have a very large flock which equals a large financial investment. If you have a large emotional investment in your original flock, then again the quarantine is a good idea.

    The thing is a real quarantine can be difficult to do in a typical back yard, and a pretend one is not worth the hassle. So either you don't ever add any more birds, or add only just hatched chicks that you raise, or you risk it. I have often risked it, with no problems, but it only takes once.

  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I'm interested in this topic too. WHile I understand basic quarentine, and purchaseing from NPIP sources whenever possible, I would like to undertand how much distance needs to be between the new birds and the original flock. THey are the last ones fed and watered.Change clothes and shoes. DOes anyone follow any other procedures?

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