What do you keep for injuries or illness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnnMC, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. AnnMC

    AnnMC New Egg

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    I am getting my first chickens this spring. I plan to find a local veterinarian that treats chickens. However, yesterday I looked at a livestock catalog and realized that I should probably have some things for first aide and medication.

    So, what would you recommend to keep on hand for emergencies?
     
  2. Jimmiaandboys

    Jimmiaandboys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] We've been newbies since June and this is a great site for info! So far, for first aid we've used Dr. Naylor Blu-Kote (antiseptic wound dressing-fungicidal/germicidal) and VetRx for "relief and prevention of colds, roup, scaly legs, "eye worm""

    We also keep a packet of vitamins and electrolytes on hand (powder form) that you add a small portion to their drinking water to "perk" them up (day olds after they've been shipped, if the weather has been severe/stressful and occasionally as maintenance).

    I can't wait to see the suggestions of the BYCers, I'll need to order a few items, too.

    Good luck with your chicks and enjoy![​IMG]

    Mia
     
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Blue Kote, electrolytes, Corid, several different types of antibiotics and VetRx.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2009
  4. 8hipchicks

    8hipchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I visited this site alot before we got our baby chicks last spring. I figured out really fast from visiting this thread that it is just really an awful feeling to have a hurt/sick chicken and not have a variety of stuff on hand to help them.


    It can be expensive putting all of this together so I did it over many months before we actually got our baby chicks.

    We have a friend who is going to be getting baby chicks in the spring so a bunch of us are going to throw a “baby shower” for her so she can get a head-start on her supplies.

    Enjoy your chickens when you get them. They are so much fun and really enrich your life. All the eggs are nice, too. [​IMG]

    This was the list I put together:

    General Supplies:
    Latex gloves (for using when handling sick/injured birds) I get them by the box at the beauty supply store or CVS)
    Xenodine antiseptic (topical antiseptic)
    Vet Wrap (Flexible, self-cling bandaging tape)
    Powdered Electrolytes & Vitamins
    20 ml feeding syringes (for administering oral antibiotics)
    syringes w/needles

    Topical Ointments:
    Bag Balm (for cuts, scratches, skin irritations)
    Triple Antibiotic Eye Ointment

    Worming:
    Ivermectin (for worming)
    Wazine (for worming)

    Respiratory Issues:
    Aureomycin/Sulmet (E.coli, and Coryza)
    Oxytetracyclin – 343 (CRD [chronic respiratory disease], Coryza, Fowl Cholera and E.coli)
    VetRx Poultry Remedy
    Tylan 50 injectible (CRD and Coryza)

    Alternate Housing, etc. for Sick Chickens:
    Large dog crate (I got mine on “Freecycle”)
    Old towels
    Heating pad
    Waterer
    Feeder
    Heat lamp

    Books:Chicken Health Handbook

    The name of an avian vet for when you really need it.

    I had not heard of Blu Kote before – but I will be getting some.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2009
  5. AnnMC

    AnnMC New Egg

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    Thank you all so much! I have been spending all my time deciding how many and what kinds of chickens to get, and what coop and run design to build for them. After seeing that catalog I realized I should also put together a "chicken care" kit too. I will definitely be ordering at least the basics before getting my chicks.

    I am a little hesitant about treating them with antibiotics if they do get sick, just because I am not experienced with identifying diseases. But then, I can just imagine how awful it would be to have a sick chicken after vet hours! I think I will also get that book to help me out.
     

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