What do you do with sick chickens?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by phasianidae, May 29, 2011.

  1. I dispose of it ASAP

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  2. I try to help it but wont take it to the vet.

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  3. I will take it to the vet if necessary and pay upto 100

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  4. I would pay over $100 dollars on a chicken.

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  5. It would completely depend on what breed/chicken it was

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  1. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curios as to how other people deal with sick chickens. Thanks.
     
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  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We try to treat them and if it appears they are suffering we cull them. I will leave out the how.
     
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  3. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    My chickens are my pets, and if i have to pay a $500 vet bill, so be it.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Because we do not have a vet here that treats fowl, I come here and get advise, try to follow it and if it is clear the bird is in distress I (Ken) culls it. It is not easy for either of us either.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Depends on whats wrong with the bird.
    If its suffering..its culled RIGHT away... we dont wait to let it suffer and linger in pain.
    We use the broomstick method...

    But i DID bring my favorite rooster to the vets for bumble foot... soo... depends on the situation and if i have any money.
    My geese...will ALWAYS go to a vet... even to be put down. They are just to big... and i dont feel comfortable that i could cull them humanely... so.. they will go to the vets.
     
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  6. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is the broom stick method? Crack its neck with it?
     
  7. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had to deal with this yet. I would treat it as well as I could. I doubt I would take it to a vet, although I have a few favorites that I might in some situations. If I thought it was in bad pain and likely untreatable I would cull it.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:What is the broom stick method? Crack its neck with it?

    yes..sort of.. its just as instant as an ax....
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I would cull for illness or injury. It is survival of the fittest here. I do not have extra pens or cages to take care of sick or injured chickens. I do not treat splay leg chicks, crooked or curled toes, and do not "fix" slipped tendons (though I did try that once, unsuccessfully). No crippled or sick chickens here. I had a cross beaked chick, which I did not notice for quite some time. I cull for that too. I do treat for cocci in chicks, and I worm twice a year. I also dust for mites or lice. Though I love my chickens immensely, I don't consider them pets. I consider them a hobby, I guess. Never say never, but I don't plan to ever take a chicken to a vet. If I thought I had an illness in my flock I would call the state to check it out, so I would know what it was.
     
  10. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Cull for injury and illness. I just think the breeding flock is better that way, not breeding any less than healthy birds.
     

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