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What are the best meds to keep on hand?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dweder, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small backyard flock, so may not be as vunerable to many conditions as larger flocks, but would like to keep a few remedies on hand. They are under 1 year old right now and have not been wormed. I did buy vaccinated chicks, so I am assuming that was for Mareks.

    Can anyone give me a few suggestions?

    Much appreciated.
     
  2. OpheliaChick

    OpheliaChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know if this is the type of "meds" you are talking about but I always keep a tube of Triple Antibiotic Ointment and Blue Kote.
     
  3. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the Blue Kote suggestion. I will be sure to grab some.

    What about things like Corrid, Wazine or Vimectrin Gold? Are these store bought meds, or only from a vet?
     
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I keep a Vitamin & Electrolyte powder to mix with their drinking water if necessary. It is really inexpensive and is great for new or weak chicks ~ much cheaper than buying Poly-vi-sol (without iron).
     
  5. chickens egg me on

    chickens egg me on Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep colloidal silver, comfrey salve, and pumkin seeds (for worming). If you are into reading, there's a great book out there called, 'City Chicks'. It has so much information, you'll be thrilled. Best of luck!
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I keep Vet RX, Rescue Remedy, Blukote, peroxide, betadine, Sulmet, Eprinex, Preparation H, Pedialyte, Poly-Vi-Sol, Neosporin, Bag Balm, syringes, Vet Wrap, pine tar and poultry dust. I need to get some Vitamin E caps, cat gut and possibly some new penicillin (mine just expired). This is the stuff I commonly keep around at all times.
     
  7. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CMV, what do you use some of your remedies for: Specifically, I am curious about the sulmet, eprinex, Prep H, Pine tar, poultry dust and Vit E.
    Thanks, Paula
     
  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Sulmet- cocci
    Eprinex- bugs inside and out
    Prep H- prolapse
    Pine tar- picking, but I hate this stuff so I rarely use it
    poultry dust- bugs in the coop
    Vit E- general conditioning agent. Most vitamin deficiencies in chickens are B or E. Poly-Vi-Sol has the B, but Vitamin E is fat soluble so it has to be gotten elsewhere.
     
  9. dweder

    dweder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CMV,

    I will be asipring to become as organized as you are with the meds! I've managed to pick-up about half of that list so far.

    Do you keep anything on hand for worming? Is that what you use Eprinex for?
     
  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    That's what I use the Eprinex for. Thanks for the compliment. My medical kit is not as all-encompassing as some, but I keep what I need on hand. A few years with a flock will leave you prepared for most emergencies.
     

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