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Should I isolate new hatchery birds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Coopmom56, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Coopmom56

    Coopmom56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have new 4-week-old pullets arriving tomorrow or the next day from McMurray. Should I isolate them from my hens, to make sure they have no disease, or is it safe to go ahead and put them in the pen right next to my coop/run? If you think I should isolate them, how long should I do so?

    I would think, coming from a certified hatchery, that they would be fine, but I do want to be safe. What would/do you do?
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2016
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    They need to be isolated mostly for their own safety. The big hens will want to peck your small hens. Have them meet through a fence for a few weeks. Try searching for integration methods.
     
  3. Coopmom56

    Coopmom56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I have a pen ready for them next to the run, so they can see each other but not mix yet. I was asking about bio security but didn't state it clearly enough in my original post, sorry!
     
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    No worries! People have integrated hatchery chicks into their flocks for years on end. :)
     

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