What to keep on hand...and a ? about sugar

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fledgling, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Keystone Heights, FL
    My chicks will be here in a day or so. The brooder is ready but what types of things should I have on hand to treat common chick issues? Here's my partial list that I have gleaned from various posts:

    -band-aids (spraddle leg splint or curled foot)

    -Vaseline (pasty butt)

    -sugar for their water*

    -Sulmet (in the water, too? When?)


    *Karo syrup would mix better with the water, wouldn't it? What about Pedialyte? I have that, can I use it instead? How long do you give them sugar water /Pedialyte?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    don't forget vitamins
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I would use Amprol/Corid instead of Sulmet for chicks, but that's a personal preference. Sulmet is hard on their system. This is a medication used for coccidiosis - - and only with a good diagnosis.

    You may wish to search this forum and do some Google searches for good, general information about chicken health as you begin your project. There's a lot to read out there. In the next few months you may want to read up on parasites/worms, respiratory issues, coccidiosis, nutrition, etc.

    I keep a wide variety of things in my med cabinet, but a few you may want to consider are:

    * Quick Stop powder to stop bleeding
    * Towels and rags
    * Oxine (chlorine hydroxide)
    * Antibiotic ointment that does not contain any "---caine" ingredients
    * Poly-vi-sol infant drops WITHOUT iron

    Good luck, and enjoy your chicks!

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