What items should a hen keeper keep on hand?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThinkingChickens, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm great at first aid supplies for humans but what should a hen keeper have on hand at all times? I'm going to a larger feed store this morning and I want to pick up some supplies for my six girls. I'm going to get DE, since we haven't had any before, so I can add it to the sand in the new walk in run. What else should I pick up.

    Shhh, if they have an Ameraucana that might have to come home. Shhhhh
     
  2. paperdragonfarm

    paperdragonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been wondering what should be in a chicken first aid kit myself. Thinking about it I would guess you'd want Bluekote, electrolytes, a heating pad, bandages, a container for baths....
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    You can add surgical rubber gloves and ky jelly for those "egg bound" hens....
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Oh... and I just thought of a few more items for the first aid kit. Alka-Seltzer, ginger and cinamon powder for soured or slow moving crops. [​IMG]
     
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    Alka Seltzer? I thought ACV was enough?
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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful maintenance product and does wonders for the over all health of the bird. However should one of your chickens become ill with an impacted crop or a soured crop, ACV may not be enough to save the birds life. You can also use a mixture of ginger and cinamon powder to soothe and move the most stubborn crop. [​IMG]
     
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  7. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Keep em coming. These are great suggestions. I had no idea about any of these being new to all this.
     

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