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The Chicken Keepers Health Armoury.

By Shadrach · Aug 14, 2019 ·
  1. Shadrach
    There are various threads on what you should have as essential items to care for your flock.
    This list is what I've found essential.
    The bulk of these items are from European sources but with the pictures many should be quite clear as to what they are and what they are for.

    Fenbendazole wormer. This is not currently licensed for chickens in Spain but has recently been licensed in the USA. It's effective at various doses for all chicken worms including gape worm.
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    I've found a packet of surgical swabs vital for cleaning without leaving bits in the wounds. P8141698.jpg

    A product such as Nutri Drench is designed for chickens but I haven't found it here in Spain. This is what I use. I bottle provides 6 doses in most case. P8141702.jpg

    This is Permethrin spray and it will kill all know mites and lice on chickens. I find the spray easier to use than a powder. P8141703.jpg

    This product (Metacam) is both an analgesic (Painkiller) and anti inflammatory. It is quite expensive but is easy to administer. The chickens here seem to quite like the taste. P8141706.jpg

    This is Chlorhexidin. It is far better than hydrogen peroxide which has the tendency to cauterize the wounds. It is not suitable as a wipe type cleaner as it needs to stay in contact with the wound for about 20 seconds. You can buy this as a spray or as a pippet style applicator. P8141707.jpg

    This is the equivalent of Corid. It's used when a chicken has coccidia. It's a vital drug to have on hand always. With chicks in particular you do not get much time before coccidia kills them. P8141708.jpg

    This is an eye wash and I use this for eye injuries that do not effect the eyeball itself. P8141710.jpg

    This is another eye treatment for injuries to the eyeball. P8141711.jpg

    This ointment promotes skin regrowth. It's ideal for wound packing when you are trying to keep dirt from coming into contact with the healing flesh. I've found it to be very effective and an excellent substitute for anti biotic ointments. P8141712.jpg

    Betadine is not only antiseptic, it's also anti fungal. A good all round wound treatment. I use this for injuries to combs and wattles. P8141714.jpg

    I use pure white Vaseline for scaly leg mite. P8141715.jpg

    I use this for vent inspections such as suspected egg binding and for impacted crop problems. Keep it in the fridge and you will be able to feed the chicken lumps rather than try to get liquid down them.

    This is my Scaly Leg Mite (SLM) treatment kit. The mixture in the pot is 75% Vaseline and 25% Betadine. This combination when coated to the legs will suffocate the mites and the Betadine helps to clear away the mite poop that gives the legs that slightly fuzzy appearance. P8141716.jpg

    Force feeding kit. The thin tube attached to the syringe gets used for liquids while the thin syringe from an old Metacam treatment works well for mashed foods as it's thin enough to slide by the side of the chicken breathing tube (Oesophaguos) located in the centre of the chickens throat. P8141717.jpg

    Alcohol for hand and general cleaning duties. P8141719.jpg

    Perhaps not essential but good to have on hand, Vitamin E capsules. The liquid inside the capsule can be squeezed out or sucked out with a syringe. P8141720.jpg

    The feeds I use here.
    This is my current prefered equivalent of an all flock feed. It's suitable for all age ranges and both sexes.

    This is a decent layers only feed with not too much calcium. P8141722.jpg

    This is the medicated feed I give to the chicks. I try to give this for at least three weeks. P8141729.jpg

    I leave free choice calcium out and this is what I give. P8141730.jpg

    Decent tight fitting leather rigger type gloves for handling the more reluctant chickens. P8141723.jpg

    For disposable gloves I prefer these nitrile gloves to the basic latex variety. P8141724.jpg

    The surgical locking scissors are the only item below that may be unusual. Very useful for holding skin section together when stitching for example. P8141725.jpg

    Best 20 Euros I've spent. Small pet carrier. Great for isolation. P8141726.jpg

    A good quality head torch is invaluable for night time inspections. P8141727.jpg

    This has an article associated with it here.

    When I've finished with the chickens and the chickens have finished demonstrating their displeasure one of these is handy for the recently inflicted wounds. :lol: P8141733.jpg

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  1. DiYMama540
    "Everything you need!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 15, 2019
    Thank you so much for making this article! It's really helpful to see the pictures and descriptions of what each is used for! This is the first of it's kind I've found on the site. Everything you need for common chicken treatments in one place.
    Shadrach likes this.
    1. Shadrach
      Thank you fro reading the article. There is thread on health care products on BYC somewhere, but I thought an article might be more concise.
  2. MROO
    "Emergency Kit Must Haves!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 14, 2019
    This is one of the best First Aid Kit summaries I've seen. The photos of active ingredients are a great touch, as brand names vary across The Pond ... or even across the State!
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    1. Shadrach
      Thank you very much. I hope the pictures help; even if the writing is in Spanish.
  3. Meg-in-MT
    "Great List!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 14, 2019
    Great list of items every chicken keeper should have around. I like the Vaseline/betadine combo for scaly leg mites.
    Shadrach likes this.
    1. Shadrach
      Thank you for reading the article. It's the application brush that I was pleased with ;)


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