My husband, in the process of performing bumblefoot surgery on Phoebe in 2010..Most backyard chicken keepers do not have access to an experienced chicken veterinarian and this book will undoubtedly serve as a life-saver for many pet chickens while providing peace of mind to their keepers that there is always a doctor in the house. Describing herself as a "Flock Keeper Self-Help Coach," Dr. Gauthier artfully brings the average chicken keeper up to speed on the essentials of chicken anatomy, preventative care, symptom identification and treatment of common injuries and illnesses in a straightforward, concise format. Dr. Gauthier teaches the average Joe how to trouble-shoot problems and treat them, which I dare say no vet has stuck their neck out to do in quite this way before.
There is an extraordinarily useful formulary in the appendix that details medications, their purpose and proper dosing. As most chicken-keepers can attest, whether a pet chicken can be saved at all is a weighty determination to make, one ordinarily made with little guidance until now. Not only do the authors offer factors to consider when making the decision to euthanize or not, but they detail a variety of humane methods to help our pets cross that bridge when the time comes. This is just the type of support we need and comes none too soon as the ever swelling wave of popularity in backyard chicken-keeping washes over the nation and the world.
Chicken Health for Dummies is an enlightening, reassuring and empowering book. In the five short weeks since I bought it, it has already become an indispensable resource in my Chicken Library and I hope it finds its way onto every chicken-keeper's bookshelf. Rob Ludlow, also the co-author of Raising Chickens for Dummies, has nailed it again in this book. Kudos to Rob for bringing Coach Julie onto Team Backyard Chicken!