Quick! Chicken is coming! Quarantine?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by silkiechick05, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    My little barred rock is coming!

    I have three silkies, but they aren't vaccinated.

    Will they catch diseases?


    And, I know you should quarantine the chicken before introducing them, but there is only one to be quarantined, and i worry she would get lonely...


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    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009
  2. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would still quarantine.....it's hard for one to be lonely but maybe you can keep it around people?
     
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay yeah I can. How long should I quarantine?
     
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You really should quarantine any new ones for at least three weeks, to a month. After that quarantine period is up, we usually put our new ones in a different pen where they can interact with the others, but are still protected, and we leave them in there for a week or so before we finally let them out to mix with the flock.
     
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I can't stand the wait!

    LOL

    So can i transfer diseases like if i go see one set of chickens and then the one in quarantine (and vs versa)
     
  6. KKatknap

    KKatknap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes - you should definitely wash up between visits with the different birds.

    It's hard, but it SO beats getting everyone sick. That guilt doesn't go away easy.

    Good luck with the new girl [​IMG]
     
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  7. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Gah!

    You're right. I will definitely keep them separated. I just worry about my silkies, I got them when they were older and aren't vaccinated for marek's.

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