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Question about Quarantining

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Juise, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Juise

    Juise Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    I am soon going to be picking up 5 new 8 - 10 week old chicks from a farm hatchery.

    I was wondering, is it safe to coop them in a separate barn that shares a wall for their period of quarantine? The wall between is solid with no holes leading from one to the other.

    How long do you quarantine chicks at this age?

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It's normally a recommended 30 days quarantine away from other birds. This will give the chicks time to show any illnesses... some diseases have longer incubation times before exposing themselves in your chicks. You'd have to ensure that you dont contaminate yourself and carry anything on your clothing, shoes etc... unintentionally exposing them to something from your other birds (if you have any.)

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    In 50 years & thousandsof birds I've never quarantined a bird & have never had a bad outcome as a result. I am, as anyone should be, careful about where I acquire birds. The biggest danger to your birds is disease & parasites carried by wild birds. Unless you've come up with a way of keeping wild birds from coming near your property quarantining is a waste of time.

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