Ahh, but mine are not barnyard birds. They are highly bred and carefully paired up to bring out the best in their chicks.
Unless a bird is off its feet I don't quarantine. If it was in amongst the rest then they've already been exposed so why stress the sickie more by removing it from what it knows?
There is a lot of good knowledge out there about how to address illness in a single bird but it takes the owner being specific on what they observe.
I've got a head injury bird here. She's one of my first, outstanding in all regards. Had I put her down I would not have gotten the excellent chicks that I did.
But generations have been known to be incorrect about a lot of things. Never help a chick, its weak. That's just not true. Using artificial incubation often can cause hatching issues.
There are bird flus out there that are not the end of flock. If they are supported they will recover without long term effects. A single bird can get a bacterial infection and if treated properly will recover and be just as good a breeder as it was before the illness.
Don't get me wrong. If ever I end up with one of the chronic diseases then the flock goes. I have no interest in having to repeatedly treat for outbreaks or to pass the problem on to other breeders.
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