Regarding quarantine coop size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pollo curioso, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. pollo curioso

    pollo curioso In the Brooder

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    Hello all. First time posting after a lot of forum research. What a great data base of knowledge!

    I have a couple questions on introducing new hens to my flock (of 2) and the spacial requirements for a quarantine coop.

    I'm aware of the 30 day quarantine process but I'm curious as to how big a quarantine coop for 4 hens needs to be. For future quarantine issues, I already have a coop built that has a 4'X4' run with a roosting/nesting enclosure of 2'X4' attached.

    My question is this: can they get by in this confined space for 30 days? I'm aware that this isn't ideal- just want to make sure putting them in there for 30 days wouldn't be inhumane.

    My other question is this- the dominant of the two hens we already have has been broody for a couple of weeks. In the event that she is still broody in a month when we begin to introduce the new hens, what might I expect with her behavior?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

  2. pollo curioso

    pollo curioso In the Brooder

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    ...anyone..?
     
  3. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

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    Well, this is probably not what you are looking for... My fellow chicken keepers and I never quarantine more than a couple of days.

    If you are going to quarantine for 30 days, it might be ok. My 4 birds lived in a 4x2.75 coop with 6x6 run for 6 months.
     
  4. pollo curioso

    pollo curioso In the Brooder

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    Thanks- exactly what I was looking for.
     

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