Why we always quarantine

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by robin416, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    I know for some of you putting a new bird or birds in to quarantine is second nature. You always do it. But there are those out there who don't know they should or have the attitude that "it can't happen to me."

    I received a panicked email from a lady yesterday about how her birds were sick could I help her? She left her phone number for me to call so I did. She told me her tale, kept saying her 90 birds are pets, that she was new to chickens, that she brought birds in from here there and every where. That some were sick, some were dying. It took some time to get her on track to get an idea of what was going on, when it began and what she was seeing.

    The high mortality rate bothered me and it was a fast killer. So I gave her the phone number to my guy who tests my birds for NPIP. I received an email from her this afternoon, she had talked to him. A vet came out, tested some of the birds and took four of the sickest with them for testing.

    TN is not an over reactive state when it comes to poultry disease so what they heard from her they must consider serious. Heck, I did. Because before I talked to her I considered going to have a look to see if I could help. After our conversation there was no way I would go near her place or birds.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You know me, Robin, the Quarantine Queen. Now, I don't even do that because I don't buy started birds in the first place. Too darn scary, as witnessed by this story here.
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    So Cynthia, do you hatch all your chickens?
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    I hatch all my own or get chicks from Meyer. I feel the same way you just don't know.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, I do. Bought one rooster five years ago from an FFA kid and was given an 8 week old pullet as a gift a while after that by a friend whose flock was disease free-both were quarantined for weeks (the rooster for 5 weeks, the pullet for more than that, just because she was so young and couldn't go in the flock anyway) So, really the rooster, who was my Hawkeye, may he rest in peace, was the only adult chicken I took in from an unknown source.
  6. SimplySplendidSilkies

    SimplySplendidSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Adairsville, GA
    I am watching this thread! Robin if you get an update will you let us know. The thought of something being this close is scary!
  7. pidgey

    pidgey Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2011
    How far away from the other chickens does a quarantine have to be to be effective?
  8. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Quote:Not in the same room, doesn't have much air flow connecting the two rooms... etc.
  9. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Quarantine can be annoying sometimes, especially since you have to do it for 30 days [​IMG]

    But it's necessary, so...
  10. Chris Herzog

    Chris Herzog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    I'm glad I read this post. I was just getting ready to post a question about taking in a new started bird and the does and don't associated with that. I have two EE Roos that I was going to give away and go get me a RIR or NH Roo (Thinking about getting an incubator for next year and I have 4 RIR hens and 4 NH hens and no EE hens). Well I guess I won't be doing that right now. Maybe I'll just get eggs from someone next year and do it that way.

    Thanks for the info,

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