Originally Posted by Beth G.
So I see you all are still active on the CT Site!! Nice Sorry I haven't been on much but, I've had alot going on the last month and life has kept me busy
Well Fuzzy I'm glad too to hear after the past year you are finally on your way to first time chicken ownership
Along with preparing to bring your fuzzy butts home from the PO and have the brooder ready to go, the chick starter, feeders, waterer, and type of bedding to use. I'd like not just yourself but, all new chicken owners but, even folks that have had chickens for a few years to consider the following going into the spring season.
Please prepare your first aid kit for your chickens. Not only is feeding, watering, and housing important. But, so is the health of your birds. I've been contact a lot over the years advising folks about how to care for sick chicks or chickens. Here are some but, not all Items I suggest everyone consider having in your Poultry First Aid Kit.
Corrid (mild Cocci treatment)
Sulmet (Stronger Cocci Treatment along with infectious Corzya and a few others)
VetRX (for the relief of breathing issues, stress, and again a few others things)
Ivomec (treatment for external parasites such as lice and mite infestation)
Poultry Dust (For dusting the vent area of a chicken and nesting boxes. Also bare floors of coops)
De-wormer (Deworming should not be done unless advised by a Vet before your Chicken reaches at least 6 months of age)
De-wormers to consider, Wazine in water treatment for round worms only, Valbazen Orally broad spectrum for all major worms
Tylan (this is a very good antibiotic that works best on upper resp. symptoms, I use injectable however there is a powder added to water formula)
1 CC Needles for admin of Tylan Injectable, Also the syringe part is useful for admin of other items so try to get both needle and syringe separate
Apple Cider Vinegar (Technically only the real deal with the mother in it is best but, I've used both with equal results for natural immune boost and mild colon cleanse)
^^ Should only be used weekly, too much of a good thing is never good. 1 TB to 1 Gallon of water one day per week
Dry Powdered Milk (this is a great way to get much needed protein into a possible sick chick or bird, when sprinkled on moist food it helps boost protein)
Blue Kote (This is an antiseptic to clean soars, cuts, etc.)
Wonder Dust (This is a powder to be admin to bleeding on the body not near the face, it clots blood fast)
Vet Wrap (for possible injuries to feet or legs, this should not be wrapped tightly ever on an animal and should be done loosely)
Terrimycin (sp) (Eye Antibiotics for possible eye infections, conjunctivitis, etc...)
Oxine (Anti-Viral cleaning agent, this is best diluted and can be sprayed into the air as a gentle mist over birds to kill viruses)
Yes it may seem a bit overwhelming but, I have to tell you that there is nothing worse than walking out to the coop/run/pen/backyard to find one of your beloved pets injured or sick. Then to find out these Items I've listed above can be challenging to locate in an absolute time of need. Best place to purchase items are either at TSC or Online at Jefferslivestock.com
Best of Luck all this upcoming year with your feathered friends and if ever in need of advice, please do feel free to ask members on BYC! We are all here for you