Complete Chicken Checklist?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by QuiltinChick, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2012
    Is there somewhere on this forum where there is a complete checklist of everything you should have on hand before getting baby chicks for the first time? I am looking for something that covers the basics as well as any medicines and stuff to have on hand in case your chicks turn ill. Stuff to treat pasty butt, vitamin deficiencies and other possible issues.

    We will be getting our first chickens on Saturday and we have all of the basic stuff, but I need to know what I should have on hand so I can quickly address any health concerns that arise.

    If there is a list somewhere, can someone post the link for me? If not, maybe you could post what you would recommend having on hand.


    [​IMG]Less then 48 hours and I can't wait any longer!!!!![​IMG]

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There are no medicines I would buy for baby chicks, except possibly a small bottle of BluKote in case of bad pecking -- but if they have enough brooder space and can get away from the heat, this should not be a problem. I just used household items -- warm water plus Vaseline for the occasional pasty butt. Hopefully you will never need an antibiotic; I think they are often given when they should not be. You may want a wormer such as Valbazen when they are older, but because of expiration, you do not want to buy it ahead. You will also eventually want some 5% Sevin garden dust, or some poultry dust or spray (usually pyrethrin/permethrin) as a llice/mite preventive, but again, that comes later.

    The only "emergency" med for chicks would be Corid (amprolium,) in case they get cocci, but again, most people have no problem with this, and only after exposure to soil. It's a bit expensive to buy "just in case." I've never given chicks vitamins and I've never had cocci. A little organic apple cider vinegar helps control mold in waterers but again is not necessary.

    You might want to read the baby chick section i the learning center, if you haven't.
  3. dennarahl

    dennarahl Songster

    Jan 25, 2012
    If you're using Purina's medicated starter feed you won't need the Corid, it has amprolium in it. I don't know about the other brands though. I am a fan of the Apple cider vinegar. It does help the slimy water problem, I also believe it helps with pasty butt. In my first batch of chicks, the pasty butt ended when I started using it, and I didn't get pasty butt at all with the two batches after that. I don't know if it's true with all chicks, but mine drink more water when there is ACV in it.
  4. Othylocke

    Othylocke In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2010
    Dothan, AL
    Everyone puts their own definitions to what is "basic". I probably do not have half of what most people consider needs to be. What you feel comfortable in spending and keeping is what you should be looking to have, that said I would not recommend keeping any sort of medication around unless the need arises to use them. It won't hurt to go get them if you recognize a problem but just carrying them on hand for a possibility is a waste in my humble opinion. Waiting that extra day or so won't make or break the health of a chick and if it does, I doubt having the medicine on hand would save it either. <---Opinion, not a vet :)
  5. QuiltinChick

    QuiltinChick In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2012
    THANKS for all of the responses. I just want to be prepared and be ready for anything and everything. You know that Murphy's law thing. I feel like if I am prepared then I won't need any of it, but if I don't have it here then I am asking for trouble.

    Less then 24 ours left to wait!!![​IMG]

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