Duckie first aid kit supplies and ideas.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickboss, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    It has been crossing my mind lately that it would be more than wise to put together a pretty extensive first aid kit. It can sometimes take us a while to get to a feed store depending on what day of the week it is and which stores are open and I think I have been a little overly optimistic (or just flat stupid [​IMG] ) for not putting one together already. I have a few small things on hand, but just wanted some ideas for a more inclusive kit. So, any of you that have must haves I should consider please post 'em!


    This is the list this thread has come up with so far:

    Wound Care
    Vet wrap
    Waterproof medical tape
    Styptic powder or corn starch (or other bleeding-stoppin material)
    Moleskin pads (adhesive-sided bandages
    100% cotton thread and needle for stiches
    Blu-Kote (especially useful after drakes fight)
    Isopropyl alcohol (for sterilizing any tools, ect.)

    Antibiotic eye drops
    Oral antibiotics (agramycin, amprolium, ect.)
    Baby asprin
    Terramycin eye ointment
    Terramycin, Baytril antibiotics (can be gotten from feed store)
    Oxine (Also used as a sterlization agent)

    Tweezers (large and small fine points)
    1/2 inch rubber tubing
    Exacto knife and blades
    Tongue depressors (for splints)
    Small sharp scissors
    Dentle picks
    Clean syringes (for medication administration or wound flushing)
    Empty rx bottles to mix small amounts of solutions in to use with q-tips.
    Eyeglass or other really small screwdriver (for assisting with hatching and really small scissors like you would find in a sewing repair kit)

    Other important things to keep on hand
    Vitamin/ eletrolyte/ probiotic mix
    Apple cider vinegar with mother
    Epsom Salts
    Brewer's yeast - great for ducklings with weak legs, wry neck
    Poly Vi Sol infant vitamins without iron added

    Important Notes
    * See post # 27 on page 3 of this thread for an extensive example of a first aid kit.
    * Be sure to check the dates on all medications and ointments periodicly to ensure that they are still usable.
    * Keep an empty rubber/plastic container around as an emergency "Hospital" for a duck. Medium to large animal carrier would work well to.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    There was a thread on that several weeks back, started by Duckduckguinea, but I cannot find it now.

    WadeMD and I think it would make a good stickie, and I have not had time to work on it . . . .

    So let's see if we can start putting it together. Here, from the top of my head, are some items:

    vet wrap
    waterproof medical tape
    half-inch rubber tubing
    vitamin electrolyte probiotic mix
    oral antibiotics (agramycin, amprolium, etc.)
    antibiotic eyedrops
    exacto knife and blades
    tongue depressors (for splints)
    styptic powder, corn starch or other bleeding-stopping material
    small sharp scissors
    moleskin pads (adhesive-sided bandages)
    apple cider vinegar with the mother
    Epsom salts


    I have wondered if anyone on the forum has used activated charcoal (finely ground - not briquettes, but real charcoal from a wood stove) for detox in the case of poisoning. I have heard of it being used with human overdose patients.

    Also, is something like superglue useful, such as for bill injuries?
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  3. maralynn28

    maralynn28 Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Corpus Christi, TX
    What a great topic, chickboss!
    I've been needing to do this too... Other than what goes in a regular first aid kit for humans (such as what you might buy at the store) what should you add to it--for the duckies?

    vitamin electrolyte probiotic mix
    oral antibiotics (agramycin, amprolium, etc.)
    antibiotic eyedrops

    and ACV?

    Can you get these items from the feedstore or would one need to go to the vet?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010
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  4. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Songster

    Feedstore. [​IMG]
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I have ACV for myself that I get at our local mom and pop grocery store.

    I haven't seen the eyedrops anywhere. Anyone have specific recommendations? They are on my list.

    I have already needed the triple antibiotic, gauze and vetwrap for a foot injury. I think we caught it early enough that it remained a low key problem.
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  6. Saline
    ^ ^ ^(all for wound care)

    baby asprin
    tweezers (large and small fine points)
    scalpel :if you can get your hands on one
    100% cotton thread : for sewing up injuries
  7. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Dental picks.
  8. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Awsome, thanks guys! Once it seems that everyone who wants to has responded I will recomend it as a sticky. I think I just hit report to make the request, don't I?
  9. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Coos Bay, OR
    Hi there~ I don't have any duckies, but many chickens. We always keep some normal saline to wash out wounds, sterile gauze (4 x 4s) and its a good idea to have clean syringes, either for wound irrigation or administering fluids/meds/vitamins manually ~ kim
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  10. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    I am adding Vetericyn to the list. Here is the website address for exotics, though it was developed for larger livestock:

    They also have an eye wash formulated for bovine, but it is recomended for other animals as well.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010

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