I am very happy to report that my sick hen, Sofia, aka Short Beak is getting along fine now. She had sour crop, which I suspected from the research I did BEFORE I took her to the vet. The confirmation came during my wait at the vet, when I used my smartphone to get an answer as to why Sofia had stinky burps (yes!)
Notice I didn’t say the vet confirmed this. Because she didn’t. While she was very nice, I was there for TWO HOURS. She kept on going in and out of the exam room. I was totally convinced she was Googling “chicken diseases” on her computer in the back. She tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to empty the crop.
I found this vet online and with a few phone calls because I didn’t have a chicken vet. Dog vet, yes. Goat vet, yep, a nice old dude who only does goats. I’ve even got a pig vet (the ONLY vet I’ve found that does pigs) who might treat chickens but he is not a nice man and I don’t like him. So I called a few vets and took Short Beak to the first one who said, “Yes, we can treat chickens!”
When I got home, I was SO mad at myself. I didn’t trust my ability to make a correct diagnosis (which I did) mainly because the information online, especially the appropriate treatment, was all over the place. After about thirty minutes of research my head was spinning. No two recommendations were the same. Use apple cider vinegar in her water – no, use baking soda! ! Get antibiotics – don’t do that! Feed her eggs – no food! Make her throw up – no, you’ll kill her!
I am such a newbie at this whole thing farm animal thing and I got frustrated at the sheer volume of information available to me, especially with a sick chicken on my lap. Yet later on, I realized there’s a great community of people out there giving honest advice on what’s worked for them. I think I’ll trust myself, and all of you, more the next time this happens.
Oh, and by the way….thanks!
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