Just like you would keep a bottle of Tylenol in the medicine cabinet for yourself, chickens need medical aid sometimes, too. With the proper emergency kit at hand, your flock will have a better chance of thriving through an illness, attack, or any other ailment.
(Mostly) Natural First Aid Kit For Chickens
Have you ever mingled with Murphy’s Law? Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. That has been my experience with chickens. It would so happen to be that you are slam packed with work, and have just a few seconds to check your chickens between the chaos. You walk to your coop and notice there’s a chicken in the corner, separated from her flock, with her head tucked into her body and wings held out. The last thing you have time for it nursing a sick chicken, but thankfully you have a chicken emergency first aid kit to get her back on her feet in no time. See how easy that was?
It’s so important to keep items on hand and know how to administer treatment to these animals. There are hearty breeds, but regardless, things can take an ugly turn, quick, leaving you scrambling and heartbroken. This is in no way mean to deter anyone from owning a backyard flock, just a reminder that preparation is key.
Since we eat our eggs and feed them organic feed, keeping a mostly natural emergency kit on hand is important to the integrity of the flock. There are no products in our emergency kit that requires a withdrawal period from eggs, meaning you cannot eat the eggs for a named period of time due to the chemicals in the product ingested. Gross.
Essential Supplies for Chickens
The best way to prevent illness is to keep your chicken’s immune system healthy, and using natural preventatives. Here are a few items that can be used daily in the coop to keep your chickens healthy and happy.
Natural products for chicken care:
- Raw garlic- adding raw garlic to their feed and to the water can boost chicken’s immune systems and support respiratory health. Garlic works as a natural wormer, and may also reduce the smell of chicken manure. Garlic may also be a natural pest repellent, helping reduce the presence of lice, ticks, mites, fleas, etc.
- Probiotics (yogurt)- fed in moderation, chickens can beenfit from the probiotics and protein in the yogurt.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (raw, unflitered)- great addition to water, just add a small splash of it to the waterer. ACV provides electrolytes and probiotics.
- fresh herbs like oregano, lavender, mint, rosemary basil, thyme- great for boosting the immune system!
- Raw honey- Great to add to water for an electrolyte boost.
Assembling a chicken first aid kit:
- Epsom salt- to relieve pain while giving a chicken a bath
- Hydrogen peroxide- to clean out wounds
- Neosporin- to apply to wounds
- Vet RX for poultry- great for respiratory health
- Saline solution- to wash out wounds or eyes
- Cornstarch- stop bleeding
- activated charcoal- helps clot and stop bleeding, great for flushing chicken’s system of toxins
- Unflavored Pedialyte- for electrolytes when you’re in a pinch
- Blu Kote- antibacterial/antifungal spray for wounds, also turns their wound blue so it isn’t red (chickens peck at the color red)
- coconut oil- prevent frostbite on combs/waddle
- Verm-X – all natural wormer
- Non coated aspirin- to help with pain relief, crush 5 aspirin in 1 gallon of water
- Diatomaceous earth- natural lice and mite remedy
- Rooster Booster – a vitamin supplement to help boost chicken’s immune system
- First Aid Tape/bandage wrap