Originally Posted by al6517
Thank's Bee it means allot to have others who understand how difficult it is to be surrounded by all this culling and freezer camp crowd. I just have such a hard time reading some post that think the axe is the only way to fix a sick or injured chicken, I love my little babies and would never think to harm them by putting them outside if they are sick and have the sniffles. they look at me with those cute little sad eyes, I get choked up sometimes. I am taking several of them to the Vet on Monday, the Vet say's he can see them all and it will only cost me around $200.00 per bird before med's/perscriptions and any treatment they need. The Vet is really nice and she said she will be glad to see them on short notice, and the price is great don't you think, it's worth it for my girls.
Don't mean to offend anyone here but you did say (don't you think?) As you can see from my post count I don't post much but I am always reading (since 2008) and this is my favorite thread cause it's not foo foo as ya'll say and this sounds foo foo to me. That is the only reason I'm typing now.
No I don't think the price is great if my vet told me that I would look at them and say you know it's a chicken right. It cost $25.00 for a good grown one and $2.00 for a day old and for $200.00 dollars I can buy 2400 eggs.
I'm not saying don't take care of a sick chicken but $200.00. Can you explain what the symtoms are maybe someone hear can help figure it out for you and if they all have the same symtoms take one in and get meds for all.
I have raised birds since I was around 12 years old I am now 53. Not chickens but pigeons and when one gets sick I confine it to a cage with a wooden varnished floor the varnish keeps the poop from soaking in because In most cases the health story is in the poop of a bird no matter what kind (no poop now ya have problems worm, crop impaction could even be egg bound)I say thier all the same because niebors bring me sick chickens to take care of and I have fixed them the same way I do my pigeons.
My methods are simple.
1 Confine the bird
2 Check doppings
3 If runny feed sweet 16 and chopped fresh garlic and jalopena peppers (small bird put sweet 16 in blender dont make to fine just crack it up) I add Aureomycin to water (I get it at farm & fleet here but maybe TCS has it think Foys has it also) Now if they won't eat the sweet 16 try mixing it with the treated water untill a little more than pasty. If they don't eat that mix sweet 16 half and half with cracked whole grains. If they dont drink enough water because of the Aureomycin
stop mixing with water and mix little bit with food. When stool starts to tighten stop sweet 16 feed cracked whole grains but continue Aureomycin decide on your own for how long I do between 5 and 10 days depending on how sick bird looked (common sence goes a long way here) If the bird still dies the vet probly couldn't save it either.
I am not going to get into pasty or to solid of a stool because I could type pages on those.
I will say this on it though to much fruit give you the runs. So fruit and fruit juices.
No poop could meen crop impaction, egg bound, too many worms, constpated list goes on. Like I say common sence.
Don't take this wrong if you have the money take em to the vet its your choice.I just do things the old fashon way.
Al I have heard you give a lot of sound advice to people so don't think I asking you to stop giving it. Mostly cause I don't post much and somebody's got to help them. My typing hoovers as does my gramar. Took me an hour to type this. Besides I don't know of anyone that can tell about a bird from a picture they can make guesses but pictures lie. People give advice on a birds health all the time without saying let me see the poop.
In my new flock I will nurse a chicken back to health if sick but then I'm going to eat it cause I don't want the weak breeding forward. If you have watched the movie Paul he brings a bird back to life and says "What you didn't think I was going to eat a dead bird did you" well eating a sick chicken would be worse than that. I've even eat some my niebors brought me after they were nursed back to health with thier permision of course. I've done the same with pigeons.
I've rambled enough al don't be mad at me cause I do hope the vet finds the problem and you can relax and be happy no sarcasm intended everyone should be happy at all cost.