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Transferrable illnesses from hen to chick and from chick to other chicks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CluckyCharms, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. I'm wondering if there are any illnesses that meet *all* of the following criteria (not some):

    Passable from mother hen to her chicks, and then those chicks to other chicks.

    The reason I ask is because I'm wondering if I can put my newly hatched chick in with the healthy 4 day olds or if I should keep her quarantined for some reason. She hatched here in our house.

    We also have two 1 month old NJs that are very healthy as well but are in a separate brooder (same room in the house).

    There are 2 EE, 2 GLB and 1 GB living together in harmony and good health in the brooder the new chick would be placed in - I don't want to mess up anyone's health.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    There are quite a few but most aren't common.
    Was the mother of the chick in question healthy?
    If so they should be fine.

    Among the most common are:
    Lymphoid Leukosis
    Salmonella strains cause a number of diseases including Paratyphoid
  3. Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it! :] We discovered we can't put her in with the others anyway. Even though she's only 4 days younger than them...she's still a quarter of their size and all of them head right to her and peck away, so she'll most likely be that "housepet Silkie" I was somewhat considering.[​IMG]

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