This is a topic that is discussed a lot with new chin owners.

The consensus is that all chins who are coming into a new home should be quarantined for 4 to 6 weeks, in a totally separate area of the house. During this time, there should be NO cross-contamination. Hands must be washed and clothes should be changed when going between cages.

Nothing that touches chins or touches where chins have touched should be shared between the existing and the new chins.

One of the reasons for quarantine is to make sure that the new chin does not bring an illness to the existing chins. However, this is not the only reason.

Every herd, no matter how big or small, carries its own bacteria. This bacteria is harmless to chins within that herd. When you bring in a chin from a different herd, the two different bacteria could clash. For this reason, even if you know the chins are definitely healthy and even if they come with health certificate, the chins should be quarantined. This way the new chin will slowly pick up the bacteria from your home rather than hitting it full on, and the bacteria it came with will slowly be replaced.

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