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taking in rescue chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sh83, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. sh83

    sh83 Chirping

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    I have a 4x8 coop with 10 chickens. I know the 3-4 sq ft per chicken rule, but someone has asked me to take in three more from a rescue situation. Do you think they will be ok? They have a 16x10 run but unfortunately do not free range based on our location and predators :( I hate to turn them away but don't want to take them if they will not be happy. Thoughts?
     

  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chirping

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    I think it would be fine, as long as there not running into eachother wherever the walk:)
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I would be careful about taking in rescues if you don't have a place to quarantine first (as in, many yards between pens, etc, and for at least 4 weeks). I can't really answer to the sq. feet per bird question since I free range mine, but I would be very careful about getting 3 chickens that could have parasites that would be transferred to my birds.
     
  4. sh83

    sh83 Chirping

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  5. sh83

    sh83 Chirping

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    I meant to reply to you...but you're definitely right. I have a makeshift pen for them that would be temporary but it couldn't be long term.
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Also breed considerations?
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Personally, if it were me, i wouldn't do it. You're crowded as is. I don't know what your winter situation is, and if you are able to free range on a daily basis. The potential for bringing in disease and parasites is great, and it will stress your existing flock. Great to do a favor for someone, but, you have to be a good steward of the pets you already have. Now, if your temporary housing available for quarantine could be made permanent for the 3 rescues, that might work, but that would double your work load in tending your flock(s).
     

  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    x2! Your first job is to care for your existing birds, and keep them safe. Mary
     

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