First Aid on hand

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ellie32526, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Songster

    Oct 21, 2012
    North Texas
    Hello, Just want to get a box together of some helpful things I should keep on hand "Just in Case" one of my chicks gets sick. Any suggestions?

  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Not pain relief neosporin is always a good one to have on hand.
  3. Demosthine

    Demosthine Songster

    Jun 26, 2012
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I don't have any personal experience with it, but I hear Nu-Stock works miracles, literally. I was reading BeeKissed's blog about her flock that she had given away. They ended up being severely mistreated and neglected, being in tear-jerking conditions. She used Nu-Stock liberally on them for a variety of ailments and she had absolutely wonderful success. I would strongly recommend everyone read her story from her blog. You can read it here. It's a rather long read, but I just couldn't stop until I knew most of the girls had recovered well.

    Most of the old-timers seem to say no to medications and treatment. Simple flock maintenance appears to work wonders at keeping all of the ailments away. You might check the couple of old-timer threads that are active. They are fascinating reads.

    The book I've found most helpful so far is Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilties by Gail Damerow. There is a chapter dedicated to Health Care, including: biosecurity; parasites; health, disease and disease resistance; poisons and other hazards; and first aid. In the first aid section, she lists the following items to have on hand:
    • Saline-solution wound wash
    • Hydrogen peroxide for flushing out really dirty wounds
    • Gauze pads to mop out a cleaned wound
    • Tweezers to pick dirt and debris out of a wound
    • Povidone-iodine antiseptic, such as Betadine, for disinfecting wounds
    • A syringe for squirting saline solution or Betadine into a wound
    • Wound powder, such as Wonder Dust, to stop bleeding
    • Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, for dry wounds
    • Antimicrobial powder, such as McKillips, for oozing wounds
    • A thick ointment such as Desitin (zinc oxide) or Ichthammol for removing nfected scabs
    • Pipe cleaners for splinting broken toes
    • Tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, lollipop sticks, stiff paper or cardboard, or short lengths of water hose for splinting broken legs
    • Vetrap or rolled gauze to cushion splint
    • First-aid tape, Vetrap, or shipping tape to hold splint in place
    • A broad-spectrum antibiotic such as Terramycin (oxytetracycline) or Aureomycin (chlortetracycline), if your vet doesn't know how to, or won't, treat chickens
    • Electrolyte powder to replenish electrolytes in stressed birds
    • Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, to protect combs from frostbite
    • Water-based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly for treating an egg-bound pullet
    • Hemorrhoid cream, such as Preparation H, for treating prolapse
    • Sandwich or snack-size plastic zip bags for collecting suspicious droppings to take to a vet for examination
    • Paper towels to wipe up whatever needs wiping
    • Old towels to wrap and restrain a chicken that requires treatment
    • A clean container to hold everything

    Hope that helps!
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  4. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Songster

    Oct 21, 2012
    North Texas
    Wow! That's a pretty extensive list. Thank you. I do have some of these items already so not too much expense, but good to know. I will get to work on collecting these.

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