Originally Posted by Mr Beaks
. It certainly does help when it's free. The last time I took one of the girls to the vet it ended up costing $400 and all they did was a cold laser on a small bumblefoot wound! I don't mind paying for vet care and am grateful to have found one that does poultry but I feel this person took advantage. I'm forever grateful for BYC and all of you who help guide and direct us!
Sorry to hear about your hen. Although it is heartbreaking that you lost her I can imagine the relief that came with knowing it was nothing contagious.
Hopefully I haven't misinformed anyone about the fecal testing! I've had 3 different vets do them now and haven't had any trouble (yet.) Maybe it varies from state to state? Just curious, what is clostridium? I'm still learning
Clostridial bacteria can infect the intestinal tract of all sorts of livestock.
Vets have a place but their rates seem to have gone through the roof. They used to not even treat chickens but with the resurgence of BYCs, some avian vets now do.
Good ones are few and far between that know poultry.
Check the link I posted below about bumblefoot for future reference.
Well, I was surprised when the hen became so lethargic. They aren't my pets. To me they're livestock. I got her and her sister from a friend that raises the same rare breed. They fit the standard except that their eggs were very light so I wasn't going to use them for breeding anyway. I just didn't want her to be in misery and I had to know what was wrong.
Originally Posted by Chicksandme
Thanks everyone for the info, I wish it had been sooner before I buried her. I have her sister and she has been sad and acting scare and been hanging out by herself a lot. Most of the bigger hens are always picking on her and currently I think I have too many roosters. I know I should keep one rooster to every 8 hens right? I'm in a dilemma , what to do with the other roosters... I currently have 19 chickens total, I think I have 3 to 4 rooster. I will choose a nice sweet one or two to keep.
I think couple of my 14 week old chicks have bumble feet, anything I can do on my own instead of $400 visit to the vet? I didn't realize the extent of care I needed to raise chickens but I love them and I don't regret my choice.
8-12 per cock is ideal. One would probably be enough. They taste just like chicken.
For bumble foot, I just had this exchange this morning.