HELP!!! OMG! HELP ME!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by MissPrissy, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you are reading this you probably thought I seriously needed some help.

    Funny thing is it isn't all that serious at all in the means of needing emergency help for a chicken or other animal in my care.

    It is a serious issue for getting you the help you need when an animal in your care is in need of some intervention ASAP.

    How about when we have an issue instead of filling the titles with HELP and lots of !!!!! we title the thread to reference the issue at hand?

    For example -

    Hen Gasping - Help Needed

    Bubbly Eye on Rooster - Help Needed

    Hen pecked and bleeding - Need Help

    Chick hatched without eye - help me please

    My rooster flogged my 2 year old - what to do? - help wanted

    Serious injury - Predator Attack - need ER help fast

    So many times I have opened the screaming help threads to find the issue is not an emergency at all and is often something dealing with basic care that can easily be found using the search feature or scanning the ER section.

    If it is not a true emergency why are there so many HELP!!! threads?? Yes, I do know to some people every issue is an emergenc and to those new to the world of chickens things seem to demand immediate atten and seem larger than life. Being in a crisis is scarey business. Even for me.

    When posting an issue on the board for help we need very detailed information to be able to offer any help at all.

    Also keep in mind none of us that offer help are licensed Vets and we cannot hand out medical advise for your animals. We could be held liable for practicing medicine without a license.
    If it is not an emergency please do not continue to title the threads as such. If it is a medical issue please make sure all the information that could possibly needed is in the opening thread.

    Give us the following information. The more you tell us, the better we will be able to help you.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use

    Remember that we are not veterinarians. We help based on our own research and experiences. We cannot monitor the board 24/7, and therefore do not guarantee we can always help, much as we would wish to.
    We should never be a replacement if real medical attention is required.
    If your situation seems to require a trip to the vet, please do so. It is always a good idea to know of an avian vet in your area in case your situation is bad enough that we cannot help. We encourage you to visit the Reference Forum and read up there before you need the information.

    I guess I am getting callused but often I don't want to even open the HELP ME!!! threads any more.

    That is a very sad thing to admit.​
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    What she said.

  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I agree too. It is rather overwhelming to see all those "HELP!!!" threads and have to wonder what they are about!
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Geez, I thought you were dying....

    Not funny.... [​IMG]
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Exactly, halo. That is the intent. To grab attention.
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Couldn't agree with MP more!!!
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2009
  7. I was about to dial 991...

  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    do i need to get the defibrillator? what do you need help with? should i call an ambulance or microwave some popcorn?

    thank you for making these points.

    can i add, that i am tired of getting PM's and posts accusing myself and others of 'being selfish' by not responding? we are not OBLIGATED to respond. in fact, if i don't know the answer, i am just taking up space and pulling the topic from the board.

    GET SOME GOOD BOOKS & DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING ANIMALS! know what you are raising before bringing it home. be responsible for the husbandry of your livestock.
  9. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2008
    Canton, Texas
    Point well made. You are so right.

    Of course I read the subject line and who it was from and thought " If she is in trouble, we are all in trouble. How could I help her?"[​IMG]
    Glad to know it was not really trouble.
  10. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I was ready to get in the car and head to Virginia and I don't even know where MissPrissy lives, but I figured there would be a crowd, just follow them.

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