Chicken first aid kit suggestions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LuckyCluckyCA, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. LuckyCluckyCA

    LuckyCluckyCA Songster

    Dec 13, 2018
    Port of Los Angeles, CA
    I have to make my chicken first aid kit- what are must haves to keep in stock?
  2. Kris5902

    Kris5902 Crowing

    Oct 12, 2018
    British Columbia, Canada
    Blu kote, latex gloves and something to daub it onto delicate combs or such with!
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  4. Cragg Klefor

    Cragg Klefor Crowing

    Apr 14, 2017
    County Kilkenny, Ireland
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  5. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    There are lots of items that can prove useful but for me at least the essentials are;
    Corid/Coccivex, or any pharmaceutical treatment for Coccidia. When you need this drug you need it fast so keep a bottle and make sure you replace it when the date runs out.
    Flubenvet or any dewormer that contains Flubendazole. It's the only wormer I've found that is licensed for use on poultry that kills a wide range of worms.
    A small graduated syringe. When you need to get liquids and medicines into a fowl which may not want to eat then this is essential.
    StockHolm Hoof Tar or Pine Tar. Not a popular addition on this forum but most farmers keep a tub. Out of all the medical kit stuff I have SHT gets the most use and has probably saved the most lives.
    Vaseline. My favorite treatment for scaly leg mite.
    Chlorhexidine. For cleaning and disinfecting wounds. Easiest to find in human mouthwashes.

    Most of the other things such as scissors, bandages etc can be found in an emergency.
  6. LuckyCluckyCA

    LuckyCluckyCA Songster

    Dec 13, 2018
    Port of Los Angeles, CA
    VERY useful TY. I had some but not all.
  7. Hardknockshomestead

    Hardknockshomestead Songster

    Sep 3, 2018
    Northwest Wisconsin
    I have a small syringe in my silverware drawer. Have kept one for years, since there was a period of time when I was finding orphaned or injured wild creatures several times per year.
    That syringe can go in my chicken first aid box now! I have vaseline in the cabinet under my bathroom sink. The vaseline also will go in the first aid.
    I still need chlorhexidine.
    Thanks for the suggestions.
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  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Vet wrap or cohesive bandage for leg or foot dressings, 2x2 gauze pads, plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment, normal saline which can be homemade for wound care, BluKote spray for minor wounds, vaseline,and an empty spray bottle are all good for first aid. Chlorhexidene is good for wound cleansing when mixed with water. A $5 bottle is usally available at WalMart as Hibiclens, a brand name. Vetericyn is expensive, but also can be used without anything else on wounds. For deep wounds usually, saline is best.

    Corid Liquid is good to have for a coccidiosis outbreak, and Valbazen or SafeGuard liquid goat wormer are good for worming once or twice a year.

    Oh yes, a wire dog crate is very good to have to use for separating a new or sick chicken, or to break a broody hen.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  9. Anaray

    Anaray Songster

    Jun 1, 2018
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  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I have never heard of teat inserts, but that is a good idea to use to give chickens medications down into the esophagus.
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