When we picked up our chickens we immediately started a routine where every member of our family had a separate jacket and boots set for the Farm, and one for the backyard. This is what our front door looks like now! We also strip right in the front hallway, but I won’t show you that part of things… It is important with chickens to quarantine new arrivals for 30 days to make sure they aren’t carrying anything that could spread to your existing flock. With our chickens being in separate locations, we decided to keep everything as separate, clean and organized as possible. The new chickens were young, and there was always a chance that our adult chickens at home could have been carrying something that would have been difficult for the younger birds to fight off.
We also do a mite and lice check on all of our birds. Mites and lice will irritate the birds, and can spread through the flock. They are more of a nuisance than anything. When our birds return from their rental they will also get a nice spa treatment (bath) before they rejoin the flock for the Winter. Many people get a bit worried when they start looking online for all of the things that can go wrong with chickens. The important thing to remember is that most of the things that can go wrong with a chicken usually don’t, and the ones that do don’t all happen at the same time. I keep a close eye on all of the chickens, and maintain an awareness of the possibilities so that if anything occurs I can treat it as it comes up.