I LOVE helping customers! and talking about chicken care!
But: sometimes non-buying "shoppers", (not customers) come to Blue Star Ranch to "look" at chickens with their families, then bring out lists of questions and photos of their current coop or chicken problems for help and advice that can take up to 30 minutes! and then"eggspect" me to spend time for free while diagnosing their problems as they are "looking" at chickens.
We can gladly help these customers with a fee-based service charge.
Remember, we love to help you with any issues about your coop or chickens' health (I am NOT a licensed Veterinarian) BUT I get paid for my professional consultations and emergency services.
BUT If you are coming to purchase chickens
This will prevent the most common problems when getting started with chickens - Bring us photos of your coop and a list of questions when you arrive to purchase your chickens
Blue Star Ranch Support is a fee-based service that starts at $25 - OR you can pay a local veterinarian around $300 for the same service.
If you need instant help and don't want to spend time doing your own Internet research to only get different answers, So what can you do?
Give the Chicken Lady a call!
My many years of farming will help you. Remember not all online answers in chatrooms are correct or will even work for your problem!
Order from the help button - & get an instant receipt. Call Blue Star Ranch at 281-627-8009 for instant answers. In some cases, we will schedule a call after you send photos or images of your chickens or coop.
We ZOOM - video chat - phone call, email, and text to be sure we can solve your problems with chickens or your coops.
Many new people that are starting their first flock will spend a fortune at the veterinarians if their chicken shows signs of illness. And it does not escape the vet's office that you will pay $$$ to save your pet!
So he offers you pills, injections, and antibiotics (in some cases it will work) but the veterinarians will not offer you natural options but instead sell you expensive medications. Your vet will not ask you about your coop health and your poultry litter. Nor, if you free range your chickens, All of these are important for your chicken's health.
Newsflash! In some cases, your chickens may have a genetic condition (read this!) but most veterinarians will not tell you this fact, and sell you expensive medications, and immunizations! (Which will NOT solve the problem!)
(Note I am NOT a licensed vet!) But I will be able to tell you what is the most likely cause for your chicken's behavior and the possible problems. Many times - making a few changes in your coop or how you care for chickens can solve many problems.
FACT- By checking your chicken's droppings on this chart here - it will tell you about your chicken's current overall health. It's also a good idea to view 3 different droppings from one chicken to see variations in the waste product before making a determination of your chicken's health.
FACT- Nearly all vets practice in small animals cats and dogs and have little or no "eggsperience with chickens"
1) READ OUR GUARANTEE PAGE AND UNDERSTAND THAT CHICKENS ARE FLOCK AGRICULTURAL BIRDS AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED UTILITY BIRDS AND THAT ARE REPLACEABLE - Some chickens can live for years as long as ten years, but understand that they are not lifetime pets.
70% to 90% of ALL chickens are carriers of Mycoplasma MG and can exhibit signs if they become stressed or sudden changes to their environment.
Shopping for chickens and looking is free, But customer support for poultry care & coop information is a fee-based service.
We have an annual ZOOM customer support package or a one-time ZOOM phone call. Blue Star Ranch support is a fee-based service (and includes images and video as well as email and phone calls)
When you schedule ZOOM calls we can take a look at the behavior in your hens and review any questions or concerns in your coop and flock.
Your purchase of poultry does NOT include FREE lifetime care! See our SPECIALS page with free support when purchasing poultry!
So to sum this up: You can see that raising chickens, all chickens when raised outdoors naturally are subject to Mother Nature & the perils of weather.
It's just that simple and it's a fact!
People that are new to poultry try to "fix" everything and it's understandable. What's my best advice: Do the best you can, keep your chickens well-fed and safe in a proper coop.
So what do "eggperienced" poultry people do? They understand these facts and simply take care of small problems and injuries but replace chickens that become attacked by predators or severe illnesses.
You can be sure that your Grandparents did not spend $300 to cure a sick Chicken! They simply hatched more to replace the ones that are damaged or become ill.
People have changed in the last 60 years, but chickens are the same agricultural birds
So there you have my 2 cents! from someone that has raised many many thousands of chickens over the years.