Hi. I still have the problem of a severely dehydrated bird that I hope makes it through the night. tomorrow i will seek out someone to help, but my question is this. Since so many of us here have no access to a cheap vet and there are so many of us in each general area, how difficult or dum would it be to host or find a seminar or week end class on emergency triage for our flocks? I know right now it's closing the door after the horse is gone, but there will be another horse. do i really need to take vetinary class to learn the basics or can someone point me in the right direction of learning more with a more hands on approach? i am now very seriously contemplating taking some form of a course, but i don't know where to start, nor how far to go. i am tired of watching animals within my grasp suffer because i don't know the basics and i'd like to fix that. i want to learn how to tube feed, give injections, and handle critical care needs in an orderly fashion rather then the hope and pray method. I suddenly find myself with a huge amount of birds and no where near enough planning for so many possible complications. A crash course in chicken triage, nursing and flock manegement would be SO nice right about now. Maybe tomorrow I will look into what it takes to become a vet. Until then, I'm open to idea's and would love to start a movement for all byc-ers to learn the basics BEFORE needing it, like where i am now.