Why quarantine???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by McGoo, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I plan to get some 4 mos old birds to add to my flock and I would like to know:

    How to quarantine and why?

    Thanks so much.
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Keep the new birds separated from your original flock for a few weeks. That way the chances of the new birds transferring diseases or other illness to your flock is greatly reduced. Even birds that appear healthy can actually be quite ill.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Take it from someone that had to kill 150+ birds by hand, KEEP ANY NEW POULTRY AWAY FROM YOUR ORIGINAL FLOCK for at least 30 days. DO NOT even let them share the same air space as yours. Even fat, healthy birds harbor deadly diseases. With chickens, most of the things they can spread is by secretions, so sharing food bowls, water troughs, and breathing is all it takes.
  4. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Songster

    May 18, 2008
    Central NY
    I think it was gumpsgirl that posted about the horrors of sick chickens when she didn't quarantine. Look it up with the search and you'll understand why it is so important. I haven't had the problem with chickens, but have brought home disease with calves and sheep and have lost many of my original herd and flock. It's worth the extra effort it takes.
  5. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    So here's the part that I don't understand. Let's say that the new chickens are carrying a disease - how will 30 days change that? Or is the idea that within that period of time it'll be noticeable?

    Also, so I should put the 'new' chickens in a place totally separated from the others? And then after the month I can do the gradual combining?
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Yes keep them TOTALLY away from your birds, that's the whole point. If they show signs of sickness you can cull them asap. After the 30 days, just chunk them in with the others.
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    Yes it is so you can notice any disease.

    Also, two seperate flocks may haev immunity in different ways, to different strains of diseases. When the birds first arrive they are stressed from relocating, and more succeptable to coming down with something., Get them comfortable with you and their surroundings before you put with your flock will help with the stress.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    McGoo - moving birds to a new environment is stressful. It can bring out the nasties in them that would go unnoticed otherwise or they may pick something up at your place that they've never been exposed to before. Not uncommon for different viruses on different soils, so this keeps them isolated and an opportunity to monitor them closely for how they will adjust to their new home. A 30 day quarantine is a must for any new birds, no matter where you get them. It is for the safety of your existing flock.

    Some will even go so far as to add a single bird from their own flock (after the quarantine period) to see if your birds are resistant to something the new bird may not be and vice versa. If one or both birds get sick, you may have problems and have to reconsider what you want to do.

  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    And to add another tidbit, when caring for the birds if you don't change clothes and shoes go from the original flock to the new flock. That will add extra protection to the old flock.
  10. We brought 4 little beautiful chicks home recently. They looked perfect. Two days after we got them home, there was blood in the cage. Cocci.

    TG we quarantined, or our whole flock might have become infected. 3 weeks later, we are still fighting it. Our kids wear my dh's old shirts as smocks that hang right by the cage of the quarantined birds.

    We brought in three 3 month old that appear fine. We quarantined them too, and so far so good.

    I will always, always quarantine if I get new birds. But I have to say, after this cocci experience, I will probably only hatch my own from here on out.

    Our chicks looked perfect. You would never have known they were carrying a disease. Heed the warnings here. kristenH, how awful.[​IMG]

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