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This will sound weird, but does anyone have vet insurance for their chickens?

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Hi all,
This is not an emergency, but I thought to ask this question here. Please feel free to move this tread if it is not where it should be.
Vet bills for chickens is very very expensive...Chickens are considered "exotic birds" and thus they charge you accordingly.
I was wondering if their is a way to get vet insurance for the chickens.
I think we have VIP here in Colorado U.S
Would it be worth it?
How can you get all your chickens insured? I live in a city and have a few not a lot.
I know first hand that birds in general hide their sickness until it becomes an emergency. The bill last time for me was 150 bucks and the chicken still did not make it. Chickens tend to be healthy, but when sick, if not attended they die very quickly so that is why I am asking these questions.
Thanks for your feedback its greatly appreciated.
Edited by Cynthia 085 - 11/27/15 at 10:18pm
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Interesting question.  You are quite lucky to have a local vet who will treat chickens, there are none in my area willing to treat them - even those who have their own pet chickens.

 

If you do decide to go for it, make sure you read the "fine print" of exclusions.  And consider discussing with your vet's office to make sure they accept the insurance that you are considering.

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post #3 of 8
We looked into vet insurance for some of our more valuable horses and decided against it. Let us know what you find out.

-Kathy
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Interesting question.  You are quite lucky to have a local vet who will treat chickens, there are none in my area willing to treat them - even those who have their own pet chickens.

 

If you do decide to go for it, make sure you read the "fine print" of exclusions.  And consider discussing with your vet's office to make sure they accept the insurance that you are considering.

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If you do decide to get vet insurance, make sure you are using a qualified avian or poultry vet. Regular vets can refuse or don't know how to treat birds. So the insurance will be a waste of cash. 

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post #5 of 8
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Thanks guys.
There are a few doctors at the vet place I go to (the drive there is @25mins or so not bad).
However, there is only one doctor who sees exotics.
Turtles, fish, birds, ambiphians, ect. He is pretty good.

They do accept VIP insurance which here in CO is the only one offered for exotic pets.
I am thinking of getting insurance for my turtle, and bunny. I believe they cover emergencies, but not your regular check ups which is an issue.
I am not sure how it would work out for a flock of chickens.I have to check with them and go from there. If I have to get insurance for every chicken I have then I would probably not get it. It would be too expensive per month.
I will call them and see what I can find out.
Edited by Cynthia 085 - 11/28/15 at 11:02pm
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Kathy why did you decide against it? Was it too expensive for the coverage?
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Kathy why did you decide against it? Was it too expensive for the coverage?

Because it was per horse and would have been too expensive.

-Kathy
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Hi guys,
I called them and yea I would pay 11 bucks for each chicken per month...thats too much when you total everything up. I would pay 100 bucks per month. Not cheap for sure but doable.
Thanks for your responses.
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