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Introducing new chickens without quarantine

 
Scott Stiller
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Hello friends. I have a friend that will be passing soon. He wants me to raise his chickens when he can no longer care for them. I've read that quarantining them from mine is optimal. However I cannot do it with my current setup. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
alex Keenan
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Dust them and worm them before you bring them to your property.
You could take a few of your birds to his place to see if they have problem. I run a closed flock so only a new that is isolated for a few months is allowed every few years.
This is generally a male and I put hens with him and collect the eggs. When I am done with him they all go into the stew pot.
It may seem harsh but it took many generations of culling and breeding to get birds that can deal with the local diseases, insects, climate, etc.
We now have very hardy buckeye chickens!
 
Scott Stiller
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Thank you Alex. When you say dusting do you mean with DE? Is there a better way to apply it than a regular old dust bath? Thank you.
 
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How many chickens do you have currently? If it isn't that many (say, less than 20), and you don't mind culling for meat if things go terribly wrong, then I wouldn't even bother with a quarantine-- the odds of something going wrong are pretty low, but you'd have to be prepared to start all over if they did.

If your flock has reached a size where starting over is devastating, I'd look into whether you could raise your friend's birds separate from your flock. How close does your friend live? Will his land be available for his chickens?
 
paul sanego
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I've never quarantined new birds, perhaps I've been lucky, but I see it that they need a sampling of whats out there to keep them strong, kinda like us, we don't live in a bubble or at least most don't, we get sick from time to time, but I feel thats what makes us stronger, unless it kills us of course! but like in life everyone will choose their own path. JMHO
 
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Scott Stiller wrote:Thank you Alex. When you say dusting do you mean with DE? Is there a better way to apply it than a regular old dust bath? Thank you.


If it is a new bird do a complete inspection of the feathers looking for mites, lice, etc. If the feathers are full of eggs or there are alot of bugs active you will need to treat to catch the hatching eggs another time.
I dust a new bird with sevin 5% in a mason jar with window screen lid.
I use DE or just clay dust at home. But if I am bringing in a new bird I want to kill any active bugs.
If you see not bugs or eggs on birds than clay, DE, etc. should do.
Important point dust at the point you are picking up birds not after you brought them home.
 
Scott Stiller
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Thank you friends. I can always count on you to help any issues I may have.
 
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