Should we create a BYC "EMT" crew?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ole-crone, Nov 28, 2007.

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  1. A recent thread has prompted me to write this. Most of us are more than willing to help someone with an emergency but sometimes I wonder if that ends up doing more harm than good.

    "Give her this antibiotic, give her that, worm her, inject her."

    The owner just starts following advice, sometimes doing things that probably shouldn't have been done.

    In a perfect world we would all have avian vets around and be able to afford using them. It's not perfect, and in some cases, all we can do is help each other.

    I decided to see just what we did have on the site - no need to reinvent the wheel. I discovered that we do have some files to help when problems like this comes up, but once they state their problem, everyone jumps in with advice -some good, some bad - some too much. The good advice already on the site falls to the wayside.

    PLEASE don't take this wrong - I know everyone was just trying t help but the advice flying during the most recent BIG EMERGENCY might have done more harm than good. That poor chicken was getting wormed, given more than one antibiotic, force fed, etc. All could have been too much for the weakened bird.

    Anyway, afterwards I started to wonder if we should have a few members train to be emergency specialists of sort, (like an EMT) who can help owners create a plan of action.

    Using the chicken health books and other vet books out there, we could make up lessons for interested parties to do and once they've completed the course become a BYC EDI Specialist - much like the courses I took to become an herbalist or those taken to be a Master Gardener. We would not exist to replace the vet but to help each other with health problems "until the vet" is needed or available.

    When a person with an emergency contacts the forum, the specialists will be notified and one will either volunteer to help or be assigned (it can be according to specialty - whatever we decide). Once a person with a sick chicken is assigned a "specialist" they will work with them for the duration of the problem. The owner might still be getting advice from everywhere (we are a friendly group of people who want to help) but they will know to only follow what their specialist tells them.

    It will help the person with a sick chicken from being overwhelmed by all the advice. The specialist could always confer with the other specialists behind the scenes and make a plan - but would still be the main contact person to avoid over medication or stress on the chicken.

    If you think this might be a good idea, we could start discussing how we'd like to see it develop. Between those interested we could base it on the chicken vet/maintenance books many of us have available. We could eventually end up with what I think would be good, organized, online help.
  2. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Songster

    Nov 17, 2007
    I think it is a good idea, especially someone who knows alot about the health of chickens. I am not sayinbg that some of us don't know about chicken health and emergencys, but I think there should be an EMT crew.
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  3. Hi, yes I agree with lots of your comments,
    there is one very talented lady who scans all the forums emergency sections every day and helps out. She writes for an avian magazine and spends hours of her precious time helping others in need.
    D, you are a wonderful woman with a huge heart!!!
  4. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    [​IMG] I think this is a very good idea....[​IMG]
  5. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    ABSOLUTELY! I have no idea how this would come together but it would be interesting...and definitely VERY beneficial! New to this so I will sit back and watch how this (hopefully) comes together. [​IMG]

    GOOD IDEA!!!
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  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    I think its a good idea....
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  7. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    I also thought the same thing in the last few days..... everyone differs on the hows and whats.......none wrong but it can be so confusing to the one asking for help......
    Brilliant suggestion........ [​IMG]
  8. I myself really wouldnt like to put that sole responsibility onto anyone person here.
    Some of these people have a really hectic life and Id hate to see them having to take responsibility for all the emergencies that prop up here, and there are lots!!
    Sure some experts have time to help out but not every day.
    I feel it is up to us chicken owners to glean our info from the suggestions and learn by this for future dramas and there will be some!! and we will all become educated to heal our chickens when need be.
    An Avian vet is qualified to perform more complex procedures and we should always try to enlist their help when necessary even when funds are low!!
    Yes it would be great to have an avian specialist online 24/7 but that would be cost prohibitive!
    These are just my opinions!!!
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It is a good idea in principal but I think that if one needs urgent medical care for their avian friends, an avian vet who can see and feel the animal in person is incomparable. In addition, this is a online forum where it is to be taken that the user assumes all responsibility for their actions and they should weigh what is presented with their own judgment. The responsibility to the chosen individuals will also be high and they might not always be here. This is why the community as a whole is here to learn and share their experiences, because even experts can't have all the answers.
  10. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    I think it's a great idea! Let me know if I can help!! [​IMG]
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