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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cindydj, Feb 6, 2007.
What do you keep on hand to medicate your chickens with?
oh dear that list is long and it's mixed with my pet first aid box....
-triple antibiotic with pain killer
-vet tape (the stuff without glue but sticks to itself)
-syptic powder (can use flour or sugar in an emergency)
-I use DE but if you don't you should have wormer (fenazole (sp?) is one of the better ones.
-electrolytes for birds (as opposed to gatorade and others that have too much sugar)
-sharp small scissors
-locking tweezers (like a cross between plyers and scissors that lock shut)
-tea tree oil
-cotton balls, and the flat round ones
-terramycin oitment (antibiotic cream for the eyes)
-apple cider vinegar
-vicks vaporub (or generic version)
-bottled water (in case I need to grab the kit and go out in the yard)
-Phone numbers to all the "good" vets along with the names of ones with a bad rep (no matter the emergency I have one vet I won't let touch ANY of my animals!)
-I should add phone numbers of other chicken keepers to help me if in need
-Other thinks I SHOULD have-- antibiotics, penG, and other harder to find items that I can only get online. This also reminds me I need to go check expiration dates and replace what needs replacing!
It's all in a rubbermaid type clear box with lid and clearly marked----ready to grab and go if need be.
I also have a traveling dog-aid kit I keep in my car---right next to the human one.
Well....that's what I can think of off hand....looking foward to seeing what others keep.
edited to add a few things!
here are a few articles on making avian emergency kit:
What do you use the vicks for? Just curious! Thanks
VetRx is something else I like to keep on hand.
- A rabbit cage, dog kennel, or anything like it equipped with a waterer, feeder, bedding and a light in case of a "chicken emergency" that requires you to remove someone from the rest of the flock.
- Popcicle sticks to make a splint.
- Rooster Booster or some other "anti picking" ointment.
Quote:Excellent for easing human migraines too...
If you get a chicken with a cold or congestions, you put a little vicks vapor rub (vet rx, or no-name brand) in their wing pits and near their nostrils. When they sleep, they tuck their heads under their wing and get a nice "treatment".
What a great list! I just happend to be putting together a kit myself. I unfortunately was caught in a hen house emergency without one. Had to scrap at the last minute for whatever was around at hand. I wont be in that situation again!
Thanks for the suggestions.