Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Chicken First-Aid Kit}

In my 2 almost 3 whole years of backyard chicken raising I have never experienced any injuries or illness...until last Saturday. We went away for the weekend and I got a friend to look after our 3 week old barred rock, and buff orp chicks. 

They had been getting along great until Friday night, my friend texted me Saturday morning and said one of my chicks was injured!!! One of my poor buffs was being hen pecked by my barred rocks!! I then proceeded to give detailed instruction on removing the poor chick, and placing her inside the house in a Rubbermaid bin with food and water. She then texted me they were going after another, she removed her as well!!! 

In the end I ended up removing all 4 buffs from the barred rocks. And everyone was happy after that :) From this experience I learned I needed to put together a first aid kit for the flock, I had nothing on hand to help my most injured and now favorite chick Lucky! 

Here's what I put together, it's pretty basic and I'm sure I'll be adding to it as well.


I started with a clear Rubbermaid case to keep the contents clean and dry.


I included what I thought was most important;

A. Blu-kote it's a spray antiseptic, and protective wound dressing, it's germicidal and fungicidal. It has quite a high alcohol content, so I wouldn't use it on open wounds as it would probably sting. I would spray it on a closed wound, in my case (hen pecking) it works perfect as it comes out blue so it would hide any redness and prevent further picking by other chickens.

B. Betadine, an antiseptic cleanser. Pretty self explanatory would be used to clean wounds.

C. Normal saline, basically salt water used for flushing wounds, or eyes.

D. Hibitane, antibacterial ointment.

E. Polysporin

F. Gloves

G. Cotton swabs, and q-tips. All ointments, and creams, should be applied by q-tip or swabs as to not contaminate the whole bottle. Washes can be poured into small paper cups. 

H. Aspirin for pain, and Benedryl for any pesky bug bites or reactions. I've read you can crush these and mix with drinking water. 

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian. These are things I choose to treat my chickens with from my own research. You should do your own reading as well and find out what works best for you and your flock :)