Chicken teeth

Sorry about the condition of my fingers. Broken foot = no pedicures = no time for just a manicure. Clearly I need to take the time.

I don’t usually write about the health of my chickens because there are always photos which people might find disgusting.  If there is ever a demand for photos of the stages of healing for bumblefoot or the development & resolution of fowl pox lesions, I have excellent contributions organized and waiting.

If you’d like to see pages devoted to those conditions, leave a message in the comments below.  WordPress might not approve though.

Even my mom became tired of looking at pictures of bumblefoot on my girls.  That was a little disapponting.  She is the only one besides me in our family who examines such photos and comments, “How interesting!”

Right now, Mrs. Pickles has what the vet narrowed down to recurrent fowl pox with a weakened immune system to go with it.  The vet, much to my delight, appreciated the Dropbox folder of photos showing what happened to poor Mrs. Pickles’ face on a daily basis.  This was especially helpful because the vet needed to consult with other vets and could send them the link to view the pictures.

It’s from Mrs. Pickles’ sick visits that the vet’s front desk staff know how many chicken-themed shirts are in my wardrobe.  Mrs. Pickles has been in and out of the office for the past 5 months.

What about the cost?!  Am I crazy?!

It has not been outrageously expensive, nor has it been a waste of money.  I am happy to pay the vet for an hour of her time.  I know exactly how much my time is worth & that’s how I look at it.  An hour is a very long time to spend with a veterinarian for a single office visit.

It also gives me an opportunity to bring in other chickens for a fecal test.  Ordinarily, I wouldn’t make the 1.5-hour round trip for that (although I should).  This brings the cost of a visit down too because the vet will see both for a single charge.

Our chickens have also needed prescription medication. There’s only one way to get a safe, reliable, and legal prescription: a veterinarians’s diagnosis and prescription only if needed.

Back to Mrs. Pickles: Right now she has a really nasty lesion forming on the edge of her eyelid.  I’ve taken pictures of her face, but thought it might be helpful to take a photo of the inside of her mouth.  I wanted to have something to upload for the vet to see, just in case something was abnormal.  I’d also never looked in a chicken’s mouth for more than a few seconds.  Chickens don’t have teeth, so ai was alarmed to see the inside of Mrs. Pickles’ mouth.  They’re not teeth, but are some sort of cartilage to help keep food on it’s way to the crop.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you’d like to see the photo collection, I’m happy to share and ask WordPress if those sort of pages would make my blog rated for adults only.


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