1) Generic Pedialyte. It contains sugar and electrolytes. Keep on hand to add to a sick chickens water. Before I used this the first time I spent hours searching mommy blogs and forums and I couldn't find one shred of proof that name brand is better....so generic it is! Brand name product $6 Store brand $4 Dollar store $1
2) Triple antibiotic ointment. (don't get the kind that says 'pain relief') For cuts, broken toenails, to prevent frostbitten combs...etc. Brand name product: $5 Store brand $3 Dollar store $1
3) Epsom salts. If you ever had to soak a bumble foot or an egg bound hen, you'll be glad that you had this on hand! Brand name $4.50 Store brand $2 Dollar store $1
4) Puppy pee pads. For lining chick brooders or a 'hospital cage'. I use them under any cage that's in the house to catch shavings before they become embedded in the carpet. Pack of 4. At the pet store, these vary in expense from $10 to $30 a box depending on quantity, quality and such. Since I throw them away daily, quality and being scented to attract puppy's doesn't matter to me. I like these because they are soft on one side, and plastic on the other so spilled water doesn't soak through to the floor. Dollar store $1
5) Baby bottle brush. For cleaning the waterer. These work especially well for the chick or quail sized drinkers, but are awesome for getting in the grooves in the large sized base also. Even better if you use hamster style water bottles. Big box store $3 Dollar store $1
6) Glass marbles. Put these in the bottom of the chicks water container to keep them from drowning. Craft store $5 Big box store $3 Dollar store $1
7) Sponges. I don't keep sponges around very long so $1 a pack is the perfect price for me! After washing all the feed bowls, I throw the used sponge away. Cut pieces of a new sponge to put in the incubator during lockdown if you need to raise humidity. Big box store $3-$6 Dollar store $1
8) Rubber shelf liner. Another incubator must. Cut a piece to fit the bottom of the incubator to keep chicks from sliding and getting spraddle leg. Big box store $4 Dollar store $1
9) Baby aspirin. Keep on hand in case you have an injured chicken. Use diluted in water for pain relief. Brand name $4 Store brand $2 Dollar store $1
10) Pet bowls. I have these as extra water bowls absolutely everywhere in the summer. I put extra water bowls in every run, on the back patio for the free-rangers etc. Keep on hand for using in a quarantine cage. Dollar tree has every size from small cat sized to large dog size. (and I have them all!) Retail costs can vary from $2-$15 Dollar store $1
Also look for.....band-aids, generic vet-wrap style bandages, scrub brushes, shiny wind chimes to deter hawks, plastic tubs and buckets etc etc. Take a look around, I'm sure you'll find something that makes you say "why on earth am I paying more?"
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