What should I put in my chicken first-aid box?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tina D, May 10, 2011.

  1. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!

    I'll be a first time chicken mama this week! I adopted 2 girls, one around 4-5 years old and another around 1 year old. I'd like to keep a first aid box around, so I'll be prepared in an emergency. Any ideas??
     
  2. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Things I have used so far in my first year of chickens - electrolytes, hydrogen peroxide, blue lotion (spray), triple antibiotic ointment, syringes (large and small), gauze, towels, needles, penicillin, dewormers (ivermectin solution for topical and another one for oral), diatomaceous earth (DE) and poultry dust (for lice and mites), ..... I also keep yogurt on hand and they get this once a week or more often if there are issues and I keep some "charcoal" (not the briquets! just the charred remains of wood we burned) from the woodstove on hand and give it to them every so often (free feed). I am sure there are other items that would be useful too - can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!
     
  3. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blood stop powder.
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks OP for starting this thread--I've been worrying about what to stock up on.[​IMG]
     
  5. lebentier

    lebentier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this will be good to know...i would add corid.
     
  6. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have:

    small scissors, tweezers, clippers
    thread needle
    hydrogen peroxide
    cotton balls/pads
    small notebook/pen to keep records
    livestock spray(like bluekote?)
    more but cant think of it right now

    in a tote with locking lid and handle
     
  7. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, everyone! Keep 'em coming... I'll get to work stocking up!

    Ailurophile23, what is the yogurt and charcoal for? Stomach problems? What kinds of symptoms should I watch for, before giving these?
     
  8. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Tina - Yogurt provides the good probiotics and helps prevent some tummy troubles for the chickens as well as providing calcium. The charcoal is good for toxin issues - the girls seem to take some every so often. As for what to look for, I wish I could say - changes in poop might be an indicator but it can also be an indicator of many other illnesses. If any of them are sort "off", I look to diet solutions first - only time with your chickens will help you know what is normal and what is "off". The yogurt is also useful if you do have to treat them with another medicine as many of the medicines used will negatively effect the good bacteria in their guts.

    ~Laura
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  9. R.M. Hens

    R.M. Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This might be a silly question, but how do you feed chickens yogurt? spoon? hand?
     
  10. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:just for those who do not know, cornstarch works a lot better than the expensive powder that is made for stopping blood [​IMG]
     

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