Cedar Pet Clinic Medical Director Dr. John Baillie has been treating pet chickens and other companion birds since the 1970's. Dr. Baillie recently noted "chickens are individuals and have unique personalities like any other companion animal." He added that the AVMA has identified a need for more information on treating chickens as companion animals due to the rise in demand. Common avian health problems include respiratory problems, trauma injuries caused by dogs or wild animals, frostbite and reproductive problems. “Birds’ bodies aren’t designed to lay eggs daily for five to six years,” he said. Selective breeding has resulted in birds that produce eggs to the point of exhaustion and disease.
"Now that more and more people are discovering the fun of companion chickens...and more municipalities are allowing them...these pets are becoming an important part of our practice. We welcome pet chickens in our practice."
For good basic information about chicken care, see Recommendations for Municipal Regulation of Urban Chickens http://www.chickenrunrescue.org/chickencareandrequirerev2310.pdf
This publication is required reading for permit applicants for many municipalities including Stillwater and Lake Elmo.
Contributed by Mary Clouse of Chicken Run Rescue.