Should I adopt this new chicken?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MyISAbrownhens, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. MyISAbrownhens

    MyISAbrownhens Songster

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    I already have five adult hens who are all siblings. Recently, the people at the barn where I board my horse just rescued a small chicken from s neighbor who moved. It is a tiny white bantam chicken but I can not tell the gender. They now realized they can't keep the chicken because it keep pooing on the horse tack so they need a place to keep it. Would it be okay for me to keep this tiny little Bantam chicken with my five large ISA brown hens or would they pick on the little one too much. We have a large run but they also don't free range.
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    No....Chickens carry disease and transfer of disease will happen ...Leave it and do not bring it home..
    Enjoy your own Birds....
     
  3. WildCHILD400

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    While Isa browns are very nice I have one myself, disease is a worry and my wyandottes bully my little Cochin Frizzle bantam. I want to adopt one from my friends barn badly too but have nowhere to keep it. Your hearts in the right place tho
     
  4. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict Premium Member

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    Disease is an issue. I have also read mixed reviews on keeping a mixed flock of largefowl chickens and bantams.
     
  5. Sublight

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    This right here. Its not worth possibly loosing your flock, OR EVEN WORSE, getting something that you almost cant get rid of.
     
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    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict Premium Member

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    Couldn’t she quarantine the bantam if she has the space? Just wondering as I find it hard to resist chickens. :love
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging 6 Years

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    Keeping your existing birds healthy is the first priority, and random source chickens are possibly safe, or could cause your birds to all sicken and die. I would never risk it!
    This poor little bird needs a home, and friends, but have it be somewhere else.
    Signs up at the feed stores, shelters, etc, may find someone. It's tough, but keep your birds safe. Mary
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Yes....one poor Chicken is not worth the health of your flock...I take in rescue Ducks because disease is not transferred ...Never would I bring in a Chicken...Not ever...:th
     
  9. Sublight

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    I have a mixed flock. My silkies are defiantly at the bottom of the pecking order, but they get along fine.

    I would beg this person to avoid new chickens like this. I wont even buy chickens from breeders anymore. That's why I got 2 silkies. I will buy new eggs, and let mother nature incubate them, or just hatch from my own flock.
     
  10. Stayc

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    I never knew you shouldn't do such a thing! I always thought quarantine would be the answer to adding to the flock. So glad i read this post! Ty all!!
     
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