Chooks and Vets

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11 years 9 months ago #32242 by Simkin
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While I was away a friend had a chook emergency: Hard full crop, crook chook look and quite thin, greenish poos but no blood in her poos.

The vet charged her $95[}:)] for a short consultation and antibiotics for her drinking water. Needless to say that the chook has passed away :(

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11 years 9 months ago #430932 by Catfan
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[:0] ... and the vet probably didn't even know what he/she was doing anyway! Easy money eh?

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11 years 9 months ago #430941 by Stikkibeek
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Hard to get a vet that specialises in poultry (or any bird for that matter) but we are lucky enough to have an avian vet up here who is good. $95 does seem a bit excessive for a vet that's guessing although I imagine the antibiotics are fairly expensive. I think by the time the poo becomes green, then things have progressed to a certain conclusion without the right intervention

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11 years 9 months ago #430962 by Simkin
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Stikkibeek;429284 wrote: $95 does seem a bit excessive for a vet that's guessing although I imagine the antibiotics are fairly expensive.

I recently paid $48 for a cat consult with antibiotics so 95 Dollars is expensive, especially considering that our cat is fine now and her chook is dead!!!

I don't think there was anything that could have been done for this chook apart from putting it to sleep.

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11 years 9 months ago #430969 by mrquail
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I'd suggest joining poultry central, there are some knowledgeable people who can advise if a vet is required and who the best in the area is. I've had a vet try to tell me my chook had Newcastle disease before - I said if she did you'd better ring MAF as we don't have that in NZ! :p

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11 years 9 months ago #430994 by stephclark
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$95 seems very expensive.. unless it was a sunday call out?.. ahh the things we do for our animals..
had a friend awhile back .. she had paid $1.20 for the chook ( ex battery).. took to vet as was egg bound.. paid $20 for the vet to wring the chooks neck..[;)]

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11 years 9 months ago #430996 by Simkin
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stephclark;429337 wrote: $95 seems very expensive.. unless it was a sunday call out?.. ahh the things we do for our animals..
had a friend awhile back .. she had paid $1.20 for the chook ( ex battery).. took to vet as was egg bound.. paid $20 for the vet to wring the chooks neck..[;)]

Oh - yes, it was Sunday, didn't think about that. But it wasn't a call-out as such as this clinic is open during the weekend but I guess they have to pay their vets weekend rates.

But still - this vet had no idea, didn't even examine the chook, just prescribed antibiotics.

Considering how popular chooks are (again) becoming as backyard pets and egg layers there should be a unit about chook diseases during vet training.

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11 years 9 months ago #431010 by Sue
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Vets do a course on poultry during their training!
One of the specialist Avian vets in NZ was a lecturer at Massey for many years, and took the health part of the Vets poultry course.
I know because being close to Massey-and the only Veterinary training establisment in NZ, we supplied live birds, both male and female, for their practicals and exams, plus they were also sent to various poultry operations in this area with a list of questions for which they had to find answers and also to visit various commercial operations.

Because the poultry section would be a very small part of what vets have to learn, unless they are specialising in birds or poultry in particular I'm sure a great deal of their information regarding poultry is soon forgotten.
However, having said that, the keen vets would actually try and find out the problem first, before prescribing antibiotics.
Sounds to me that bird may have been crop bound!

Sue
Labrador lover for yonks, breeder of pedigree Murray Grey cattle for almost as long, and passionate poultry person for more years than I care to count.

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11 years 9 months ago #431014 by Trace
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Sounds about right if it was the emergency vet down Disralei Street - they only open the hours that the 'other' vets don't. Our local vet only charged me twenty five last time I took a chook to the vet (and yep, it lived), including drugs. However it was during normal consultation hours.

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11 years 9 months ago #431018 by Inger
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There's no way that most of our vets would have your knowledge though Sue. That's way you're our first port of call. ;)

45 hectares between Whangarei and Paparoa. Registered Dexter cattle, Wiltshire sheep - black, white & pied.
New Hampshire Red poultry & Dorking poultry. Pilgrim Geese, Appleyard Ducks.
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11 years 9 months ago #431021 by Cinsara
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$110 for the consult (drugs extra) last time I did an after hours, and it was only 30 minutes after the surgery closed for the day, not that that makes any difference.

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11 years 9 months ago #431027 by Huggiechook
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hmmm NZ$ 95 would buy you a half decent stock pot [}:)]
But seriously folks - would you / should you eat a chook you had to cull for being sick? :confused:

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11 years 9 months ago #431030 by stephclark
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Huggiechook;429372 wrote: hmmm NZ$ 95 would buy you a half decent stock pot [}:)]
But seriously folks - would you / should you eat a chook you had to cull for being sick? :confused:


no i wouldnt.. simply because i dont have the skills or knowledge to know what they are sick with

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11 years 9 months ago #431051 by Andrea1
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One of the best books a chook breeder or even a backyard hen keeper can get is Gail Damerow's The Chicken Health Handbook. And if you kill chickens for eating (and I know not everyone does), learn to do necropsies. There are heaps of good photos on the internet as well as in this book. And of course, the longer you keep chooks, the better you become at recognising when a chook is off-colour (which isn't to say that you're gonna save them all! I know now when it's worth a try versus when it's time for the humane end).

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11 years 9 months ago #431060 by Simkin
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Huggiechook;429372 wrote: hmmm NZ$ 95 would buy you a half decent stock pot [}:)]
But seriously folks - would you / should you eat a chook you had to cull for being sick? :confused:

Our son's girlfriend's mother di kill a sick chook a while a go for eating. It had been crook for a while. She didn't want it to go to waste so she killed, plucked, gutted and cooked it and served it.

Son's girlfriend told us that they sat around the table, had their prayer and then dug into the chicken soup only to find it foul tasting. She said nobody ate it and they had to throw it away.

I've never even considered dressing a crook chook so it was interesting to find out that they don't even taste good.

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