If I did not treat my neighbor's sick chickens, I suppose that the same would happen to them as happens to any living thing that is ill, and has no way to get treatment. Some would recover; some would die; some new birds would become infected be exposure. At least I have some resource for obtaining medications, and a place to establish quarantine. Additionally, I now have much more information concerning how that quarantine should be maintained than I did previously.
We run 100+ head of cattle, and their offspring. From time to time, we must have a vet come see to the needs of one or more of those cows. I have become aware, through chatting with these fine people, that most have stock of their own, in a limited way. I have not yet asked (I will the moment I get the chance, now that the issue has been drawn to my attention) how they keep from tracking diseases home to their own critters. I suspect that the clothes, shoes, etc. that they wear to work, simply do not make it onto their own property. Likely, such things get left at their office, where they doff their clean clothes prior to beginning their rounds.
I have given a great deal of thought to my offering of help to my neighbor, and more importantly, to her chickens. I do not like to think of myself as foolish, or that I am a person who would seek credit for myself, at someone else's expense. After giving it a great deal of consideration, I believe that what I do for that neighbor, and at times for others, is a good thing. I clearly needed the information that I have been given in this tread, and I am grateful for it. I will continue to research the topic, and educate myself as much as possible. I love to learn, and always feel good when I approach a task, whatever it may be, armed with as much information as I feel is available to me. Also, all my life I have felt that, if someone needed help, (really needed, not just wanted) and I had the knowledge and/or resource to provide it, I would not be much of a woman, and certainly not the sort of Christian I want to be, if I chose not to offer that help. I would not put at a disadvantage those given into my care by God, in order to do so. However, to the extent that my family and other responsibilities are well seen to, I do what I can for others. I think that, in the final balance, that is a good thing.
Thank you for the thought-provoking question. I sincerely appreciate the chance to examine my conduct, and see if I am really on the right track. Cheers!