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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redbarn401, Oct 25, 2010.
How many of you would take an injured or sick bird to a vet? I did, am I crazy??
I would if I thought it would help. I have at least 2 avian vets close.
I haven't yet, but did call to see if the closest one would see a chicken when, last summer, I thought I had a hen with bumblefoot.
I did take a neighbors cat in to get treated for bad wounds to its face twice, and paid myself.
Imp- The bumblefoot turned out to be a geranium petal.
I am very fortunate to have a vet who grew up on a farm and has his own chickens to this day. I've only been once with a chicken and it was impossible to save the little rooster, so he put him down and told me it was a "professional courtesy".
I won't put our house payment at risk, but I am willing to at least investigate the possibilities of treatment. I love my birds, but they are not "my babieeeees", they are working pets. If I can do something without bankrupting us I will. Otherwise, I bury them with gratitude and respect.
ETA, no, you're not crazy!
I took my hen to a vet this past week-end for bumblefoot which I wasn't having any luck controlling myself. He is an avian vet and he was great. It was reassuring having a fecal float (no worms, YIPPEEE) and his expert advice. I'm glad I went.
Each of my 3 ducks have their own files at my vet. Chickens just go under one name cuz I can't tell them apart.
Thank you! My heart said help the chicken so it's at the vets for treatment I can't give it. It's my 7 year old daughter's favorite bird and I love it too. Hang in there Paprika, we're praying for you.
When I had my ducks and they got sick I could not find one vet who would help them. Not sure if I could find one now to take care of the rooster/2 hens I have now but if I could find one I would take them. They are a breathing animal with feelings. You are not stupid. It shows you care.
It all depends on finances, and what you are able to do, yourself.
I had a very sick bird, and called an avian vet who is literally one block away. I would have had to wait a day, and the visit along with one x-ray would have been around $280. I decided to treat her as best I could. (She didn't like being handled all that well, and I was afraid she might die very quickly while having the x-ray done.) It just depends on what you are able to do, financially, and what the circumstances are.