Chicken First Aid Kit?

Love My Chickies

May 24, 2021
Texas City, TX
Hello, I'm pretty new to chickens but I've been trying to learn all I can. I've seen lots of posts about sick chickens. I'd like to think I'd be ready to handle any problems that arise, so my question is, what first aid/medical supplies do you suggest I have on hand for any future emergencies/sicknesses? I have 4-10/11ish week olds and 4-3ish week olds. Pictures just because they're cute :) .

Overo Mare

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Premium Feather Member
Aug 26, 2019
Small-town, Virginia
Here is my list...

For wound care: Chlorhexidine, plain triple antibiotic ointment, Vetericyn, large syringes for flushing, 4x4 gauze pads, 2x2 gauze pads, vet wrap, gloves.

For eyes: Saline solution, Terramycin, small syringes for flushing.

For supportive care: 14/16 and 18 French feeding tubes, large cath tip syringes, materials for a sling, a kitchen scale, old towels, puppy pads.

Illness (May expire - use your own judgement here): Baytril, Fish Mox, Vitamin B Complex, Nutri-Drench, Vitamin E capsules, Calcium Citrate tabs, Corrid or Baycox, Ivermectin and Praziquantel de-wormer, permethrin based spray for external parasites.

A small (or medium for LF) folding dog crate is also a must have for isolating sick or injured birds.

For electrolytes, I use Pedialyte, which is easy enough to grab in a pinch.

ETA: Totally forgot tools. A pair of blunt ended scissors and a pair of sharp scissors, tweezers, and I keep two pairs of hemostats. A curved pair and a straight pair.

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