I asked my vet a question about a hen I was concerned about a few weeks ago. She said "You know, with chicken flocks, the weak really should just be culled, and the flock as a whole will get stronger. That's what we did when UI was a kid, and we had very healthy flocks".
Yes, that's what we did when I was a kid too, but this flock is a bit of a diva/pet flock, and I do care about them. What if it's something like something stuck in her crop, or something that isn't caused by her inherent weakness, but just something she needs help with? So I called around looking for a vet who could take a peek at my bird and give advice.
I live in a rural area, with farms everywhere. I called 9 vets. Not a single one would take a look at my chicken, or had any advice to give, other than "chickens die".
You'd think it would be a great opportunity for a vet to take on the challenge of helping people with their weird chicken-problems? Why don't vets work on chickens? Are they considered disposable? Are they just too cheap an animal (after what I've invested over 5 years, I can attest that each one of them is quite valuable). Are there just not many people who would bother ever taking their chicken to a vet? Are birds just too hard to work on?
I'm not challenging or critisizing. I've just been wondering about this since not being able to find a chicken-vet, and since trying to help my poor, hapless, Hally for the past 2 weeks.