Too late to quarantine?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CalamityFarmNH, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. CalamityFarmNH

    CalamityFarmNH New Egg

    Jun 14, 2012
    Hi! I just brought home a gorgeous black Cochin cockerel. To introduce him slowly, have him in a large dog crate in the coop. I never even THOUGHT about quarantining. Now that i've read about it, it seems like a good idea. Is it too late to quarantine? If not, how far away should I keep him? Any help is greatly appreciated!
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It's always best to quarantine new birds as far away as possible from the existing flock for 6 weeks. Some diseases can go airborne, others transmitted on clothes, shoes etc...Some diseases have longer incubation times than others. That's why 6 weeks is best for quarantining and it'll give you time to watch for illnesses to show themselves as well as inspecting him for abnormaties, parasites and so on.
    I'd seperate your rooster and hope for the best, and watch your existing birds for any signs of respiratory diseases or anything out of the ordinary. There are some diseases that are transmitted through sharing feeders/waterers with other birds. If this didnt occur in your instance with your rooster, perhaps everything might turn out just fine...time will tell.
  3. CalamityFarmNH

    CalamityFarmNH New Egg

    Jun 14, 2012
    So I should go ahead and quarantine him, right?
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

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