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Avian vet availability in Raleigh, NC area?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kahanser, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. kahanser

    kahanser New Egg

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    I'm looking for a vet in the Raleigh area who deals with chickens; unfortunately, ours doesn't. Any suggestions or contact information would be welcome. The only name I've gotten so far is for someone in Siler City which is a bit of a drive!

    Our 2 1/2 year old Buff Orpingon (Diana) is totally lethargic & seems unable to stand. She's never really been normal since she went broody a year ago and we put her in isolation (w/ plenty of food & fresh water, but no nest box) to get her over it, which took about 2 weeks. Her egg production was never the best, and never really recovered, but since coming out of molt a few months ago it's been noticeably poorer than previously. But as recently as this morning she was too nimble for me to catch readily (and I'm not slow!); not so, this afternoon.

    There are no respiratory symptoms, nor any evidence of worms - just no energy & lack of appetite.

    Seems like a long, slow decline - not sure whether to let her go gracefully or treat aggressively.

    BTW, our other 3 birds are fine, healthy and producing well. I've got the invalid isolated for the time being.

    Any suggestions would be most welcome - thanks to all!
     
  2. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Have you wormed your chickens? Sometimes one will act sick while the others seem fine. I don't know of any avain vets from here to Raleigh. I hope your hen gets better!
     
  3. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could try NC State vet school or call Vet Specialty Hospital. VSH in Cary is at 919-233-911
     
  4. kahanser

    kahanser New Egg

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    Thanks for your suggestions! Unfortunately, poor Diana didn't make it, and I'm suspecting gapeworm. My husband said he'd wormed the whole flock fairly recently (not sure of time frame) and the other 3 birds are totally fine, and I've seen no worms in poop.

    I'll be contacting the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab on Blue Ridge Rd in Raleigh to see if I need to bring her in.

    We've actually brought a cat to VSH in Cary for an emergency and while I suppose they deal with birds (as "exotics") they're really $$$. I'll check with our regular vet again to if she's got any other recommendations - I didn't actually ask her for a reference.

    Thanks again - I do appreciate the help!
     
  5. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yeah, ask me how i know. [​IMG] but they are good....
    sorry about your chick.
     
  6. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    I'm sorry your Diana didn't make it![​IMG]
     

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