Thursday, August 20, 2015

What is in your chicken emergency kit?

Do you have a chicken first aid kit? Chances are if you've had chickens more than a few months you've accumulated a few things to help take care of them. I've ended up with a whole cupboard full of medical supplies that I use regularly. 

Many things I bought when I needed them but some I purchased just so I would have them when the time arrives. After all...who wants to be running all the way to the feed store in an emergency?  

chicken emergency kit

Most of the things in my chicken emergency kit can be purchased at a feed store, drugstore or even Walmart. A few things need ordered online from animal supply websites. I like Revival Animal Health and Lamberts Vet Supply for medical supplies but some feed stores do carry them. 

Here is a list of everything in my emergency kit: 

Apple Cider Vinegar with the 'mother': bolsters immunity and digestive health 
Band aids: spraddle leg in chicks, cover wounds on feet
Blood stop powder: stops bleeding. Cornstarch also works
Blue kote: spray antiseptic, germicidal, colors wounds purple to discourage picking
Blue Lotion: same as blue kote but in a bottle with dauber
Brewers Yeast: high in B vitamins
Corid: Amprolium, for treating coccidiosis.
Cuticle scissors
Dawn dish soap: for bathing chicken and washing hands 
Disposable gloves
Doggy pee pads: for use in quarantine cage instead of regular bedding
Duramycin powder: for use in water when treating whole flock
Duramycin liquid: injectable antibiotic
Epsom salts: soaking bumble foot, vent prolapse, fly strike etc
Gauze pads: (non stick) to dress wounds
Guillotine nail clippers: for trimming nails
Hand sanitizer spray: for cleaning hands as you go
Hydrogen Peroxide: cleaning dirt out of wounds 
Iodine: cleaning wounds
Ivomec pour on for cattle: treats infestations of lice and mites
Needle nosed pliers
Neosporin without pain relief

Oxine: cleaning and treating water in large drinkers
Pedialyte: add to water for replenishing electrolytes. I buy the Popsicle's since they are in individual tubes.
Preparation H: vent prolapse
Poly-Vi-Sol without iron: vitamins
Poultry drench: vitamins
Popsicle sticks: splints
Q-Tips: various sizes for cleaning wounds and applying ointment or Vet Rx 
Rubbing alcohol: cleaning tweezers, scissors etc
Saline: rinse wounds. Or make your own as needed. 
Save-A-chick: vitamins & electrolytes
Scarlex Scarlet oil: natural oil based wound dressing
Super glue: glue small wounds closed, fix broken beak or toenail
Suture sets: when you absolutely have to stitch a wound
Suture clamps: make stitching easier
Syringes in various sizes: for medicine and wound wash (no needles)
Syringes with needles in various sizes: injecting antibiotics and draining abscesses
Tylan 50: injectable antibiotic
Vaseline: prevents frostbite on combs and wattles 
Vet-Rx: treats eye worm, scaly leg mites & respiratory issues
Vet wrap: I prefer this over tape to keep wounds dressed or hold splints in place
Vetrycin spray: wound care
Vitamin E with selenium: used to treat wry neck
Wazine: treat worm infestation

chicken emergency kit

Not everyone uses antibiotics and that's great! Unfortunately I had a few instances when more natural techniques didn't work and turned to antibiotics out of desperation. The decision to use antibiotics (and chemical wormers or pest control) is highly personal and while I always reach for natural products first, I do keep the harsher stuff on hand as a last resort.  

While I'm sure this is not a complete list of chicken care products that are available, these are the ones that I have used for the last few years and have come to rely on. I'm not done though, it seems like my chicken care kit is a constantly growing and changing being! I can already think of a few more things I want! What's in your chicken first aid kit?


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  1. Oh my! What a great resource for us chicken lovers!

  2. How great to have everything listed together. Pinning!