Why quarantine?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by equinelyn, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you get new birds, what is the purpose for quarantine? And how long do you do it for? What are the risks if you don't?
     
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My understanding is that anytime you bring a bird in from anything other than a newly-hatched egg, there is the risk they may be carriers of one or more of diseases that harm chickens, that might possibly wipe out your flock. The new bird may look healthy and be asymptomatic, which is why you keep them away from your birds for 30 days. If they exhibit no symptoms after 30 days, it's considered safe to integrate them with your birds.

    Did I get that right, folks?
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    hansolo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in the situation a bird does not have any symptoms, but could be a carrier of a disease, bacterial or viral, quarantine will not work?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quarantine is not perfect. If a carrier bird isn't stressed in the new environment, even a six week quarantine may not bring symptoms to the surface and you'll only know it was a carrier when you put it with the flock and the flock becomes ill. However, quarantining new birds is something I'd never go without, if I ever acquired started birds.
     
  7. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about MG. Is that something that effects the whole flock and it carries it for life?

    And can you test birds when they first arrive to your place? How do you test them?
     
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  8. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How old is considered a "started bird"?
     
  9. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How old is considered a "started bird"?

    I think 4-5 months, right before they lay.
     
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