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First Aid Kit For Chickens

By DazeGoneBy, Jan 11, 2012 | |
  1. DazeGoneBy
    I know only what I've read about here on BYC and some online searching. I'm not a vet, but I wanted to have some things on hand in case my birds have a problem. Here is the kit I currently have including what problem each item is good for (with pertinant links). Hope other newbie bird owners find this helpful, and please correct me if I've listed something incorrectly or left out something important.
    I got all of this at my local feed store or drug store (CVS, Walgreens, etc.)
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    CONTENTS:
    Duramycin Tetracycline for chronic respiratory disease:
    http://www.drugs.com/vet/tetracycline-soluble-powder-324.html
    Ivomec for mites:
    http://www.drugs.com/vet/ivomec-injection-for-cattle-sheep-and-swine-can.html
    and
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3225598
    Sav_A-Chick Electrolyte and vitamin supplement for stress/dehydration:
    http://www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/CARING FOR A SICK OR INJ 9_08.pdf
    General Lube for prolapse: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=26390&p=1
    Wazine for intestinal worms (do this every 6 months and don't eat eggs for 10 days after treatment)
    Blue Kote for bacterial/fungus infection and to cover any open wound so other chickens won't peck the sore (I bought the hand pump kind - not aerosol - so the poor chick doesn't get a blast of air)
    Kit with exacto knife and tweezers for bumblefoot or crop surgery:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=236649
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-disease-chicken-crop-surgery.php
    Benadryl in case of snake bite:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7146872
    Flashlight for inspection of problem.
    Neosporin (WITHOUT pain relief because that is toxic to birds) for open wounds.
    Gauze, waterproof tape, first aid wrap that sticks to itself to cover wounds (if deep puncture or after surgery)
    Hydrogen Peroxide / Rubbing alcohol to disinfect an wound.
    Gloves to keep you and the bird from spreading germs.
    Syringe (in case you need to give liquid or medicine you can use just the syringe to squirt it into their mouth and measure the dosage).
    Needles (I got the smallest they had at 22Gauge).

    NOT SHOWN:
    Epsom salt for swelling tissues (use in bath)
    Apple cider for worm prevention and slow algae growth in water container:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=41321&p=1
    Preparation H for swelling tissues (use for prolapse)
    Thread and needle (if you perform surgery...I'm not sure what kind of thread to use)
    Laxitive for vent gleet:
    http://ultimatefowl.atwiki.com/page/Vent Gleet
    and
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6032718
    Castor oil/ olive oil for sour crop:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=551792
    Corid or Sulmet for Cocci (bloody poop):
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=566105
    Mareks's disease...nothing you can do here, the birds just have to have a vaccination against it (vaccinations come 200 per order, so just hope your chicks got it at the hatchery!):
    http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/avian/mareks2.pdf

    LAST WORD:
    This BYC page covers a lot more than I did here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6580204#p6580204

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