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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:16 am 
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Is it safe to combine a friends day old chicks with my day old chicks? I am not able to quarantine them but I am hoping that at that young age there won't be a problem with disease?? What do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Combining Hatches
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:34 pm 
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I've just done this - not much different to bringing in day-old-chicks to put under a broody hen. But it's a case of pays your money and takes your chance, element of risk, only ourselves to blame if it goes wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: Combining Hatches
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Both lots of eggs are being incubated. I could combine the eggs just prior to lockdown. Would that be safer? The eggs would be out of the other incubator for about 1hour.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:05 am 
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I don’t think it’ll make any difference. Let them hatch then combine them. I assume that the other eggs are at your friend’s place and are being brought to your place. Try to ensure that your friend washes her/his hands before handling their chicks and also tends to their chicks before handling or feeding their other birds (not the other way round). The idea is to avoid any transfer of any substances (feather dander etc) from the adult birds to the chicks.

In reality it’s unlikely there’ll be any problem even if your friend doesn’t do the above.

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 Post subject: Re: Combining Hatches
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:57 am 
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Thank you so much for your advice. I didn't want to offend her but was concerned about accidental transfer of disease. I think that moving hatched chicks would be much easier for all concerned. :th


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