Originally Posted by chickadoodles
Bunnylady I go on Jeffers to buy meds for our livestock. We don't have a vet that would come out here as we are 30 miles from a town in any direction. My DH has worked cows and farms his whole life and has never had to take an animal to the vet.
That's just one of the big differences between living out in the country, and living in the city. Yes, many cities have reclassified hens from livestock to pets, so people can keep a few hens on property zoned residential. The thing is, they are classified as pets, and have to be treated as pets, just like cats, or dogs. Several people got into serious trouble here, and were fined because they dispatched their severely injured, or spent hens. They're pets, and have to be euthanized by a vet. This does not apply out in the country to land that is zoned agriculture. Vets here are either pet/small animal vets, or livestock/large animal vets. A livestock vet won't see, or treat dogs/cats, and a pet vet won't see, or treat any livestock. Yeah, it's nuts, but that's the way it is. This also helps explain SOME of the distinction between the two mindsets you find here on the forums, one group treating their hens like pampered pets, and the other regarding theirs as livestock. I like the middle ground to some degree. I strive for extremely well cared for livestock, but not pampered pets.