In this author's practice, pet chickens represent an increasing number of avian patients presented per year, as well as a growing percentage of the overall pet bird species seen and treated each year. In 2006, pet chickens represented 1.6% of overall patient accessions in this authors avian-exclusive practice, and 151% of the average patient transaction charge. When these birds are kept as companions, the nature of the human-animal bond can be quite strong, and they are increasingly being presented for veterinary evaluation, diagnosis and appropriate therapy. Often, standard production-oriented poultry medical approaches will fall far short in addressing the individual pet duck or chicken with a problem as it presents to the private practitioner. Necropsy, as a preferred diagnostic tool of poultry medicine, is overall not an acceptable option for the pet bird owner in most settings. This discussion will describe some of the unique aspects of anatomy and physiology of these birds, and some of their common medical conditions and their specific diagnostic and treatment modalities.
|Publisher||Mid-Atlantic States Association of Avian Veterinarians|
|Author Address||Medical Center for Birds, Oakley, California, USA.|
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