I am afraid that my bird is sick. Where should I go for help and what kind of information should I provide?
There are a few ways you can get help. One is to contact your local small animal Vet, but a Vet who specializes in Avian medicine is your best bet. Another is to contact a University that has a poultry research lab. These have at least one Poultry Research Veterinarian on staff and they are usually glad to help. This is also a good source for having a necropsy (autopsy) done of your bird if it expires, since this will confirm the diagnosis and enables you to protect the rest of your flock. There is also a few Poultry Forums on the Internet that are filled with backyard fanciers who know the ropes and can help you with simple problems. Many forums even have some experienced poultry health experts visit from time to time and can answer the more complicated questions.
One of the most important things you can do regardless of where you go for help, is to provide the source with as complete a list as possible of the following information:
I know this seems like a lot of information, but trust me, you can get all of this information in just a few sentences. The more information you give, the more likely it is to get the correct diagnosis, which is vital to successful treatment.