I recently taught a Backyard Chickens 102 – workshop. The first workshop (101) covers how to get chicks, how to care for them until they can go outside, and how to house chickens. It’s a how to get started with chickens class.
The second class covers, now that you have chickens how do you take care of them.
One of the things I cover is a basic first aid kit that all chicken owners should have ready *before* they need it. (Just like you should be looking for that dog crate now instead of later.)
Here’s my list based on our chicken experiences:
First aid kit for chickens
- Betadine – cheap and effective, just be warned that this stuff stains
- Anti-biotic ointment – Neosporin or the generic similar
- Gatorade – to be added to drinking water, especially during very hot weather, or if you have a sick chicken
- Orajel – or generic, I don’t know if it works on chickens but I’d like to think it helps with pain when you need to make an incision
- Scapel/straight razor – to lance boils or abscesses
- Non-stick gauze pads – to cover wounds Continue reading