Save money on chicken supplies by shopping at the Dollar Store! Here is a list that can help you save money with your chickens.
Cheap Chicken Supplies
Don’t ask me how many chickens I have in my coop, I will never admit the truth. In all seriousness, it’s not uncommon for me to bring home what I dubbed as a “box of happiness”- a cardboard box full of peeping chicks.
Keeping an Emergency Chicken Kit on hand is so important because the last thing we want is to run to the store in the height of an emergency when our favorite chicken’s life depends on immediate care.
This list is for you! The person who loves to save money, but remains ready and stocked for all the problems chickens can develop. Here’s to you, a prepared chicken keeper! You are more likely to keep a chicken comfortable and alive during emergencies when you are prepared with the proper tools.
Can you imagine an ambulance picking up a patient and not having the proper life-saving medicines on hand? That’s essentially what it is like when a chicken supply kit is not stocked properly. Losses happen, but with knowledge and tools, some issues can be mitigated.
What Chicken Supplies Do I Need?
Supplies for raising hatching/raising chicks
- Puppy pads– These are a super useful product to have on hand. Puppy pads can be placed in the incubator, giving the chicks a rougher surface for them to gain their leg support on, avoiding issues like splayed legs. Puppy pads can also be added to the bottom of the chicken brooder. This way, you can monitor the chicken’s healthy by checking their poop (a very gross, but very necessary skill you will acquire as a chicken farmer).
- Rubber Shelf Liner– A great addition to incubators, rubber shelf liners help chickens strengthen their legs and move around in the incubator since they will stay in there for up to 24 hours!
- Generic Pedialyte– When chicks first hatch, they require electrolytes and sugar. Sick chickens also benefit from electrolytes to keep them hydrated while their body recuperates. Water the Pedialyte 50:50 with water.
- Pet dishes– These are perfect to give chicks treats or food in. They love to scratch and peck at their food, so this open dish will encourage those natural instincts.
- Glass Marbles– Chicks can easily drown in water. They will literally get so exhausted with their full bellies, they will fall asleep in their water dish and drown. Putting glass marbles in the bottom of their water dish elevates the bottom so it is harder for the chicks to drown.
- Sponges– Not only are sponges needed to clean to waterer and feeder, but they also can help hold the accurate humidity for incubator hatchlings. The correct humidity level is necessary, or you can run into issues like a shrinkwrapped egg, which can be fatal.
- Tweezers– If an egg does become shrinkwrapped, tweezers will be needed to carefully remove the eggshell to help hatch the chick safely.
Dollar Store Supplies For Chicken Emergency Kit
- Epsom Salt– Sometimes a chicken needs a bath with epsom salt to help relieve stress, or help relax an egg bound hen. Maybe the purpose of the bath is to help treat bumblefoot. Whatever the reason is, espsom salt is great for treating a chicken.
- Triple Ointment Cream– When a chicken has an open wound that is exposed and red, other chickens will be inclined to peck it (sometimes to death). Triple ointment cream can help clear up the infection and also mask the color red, which chickens are naturally drawn to.
- Bandage Wraps– Bandage wraps can come in handy for covering any exposed wounds or help suppress bleeding. When using bandage wraps on chickens, be sure to seclude them to a separate area from the rest of the coop, or the other chickens will pick it right off of your sick chicken.
- Baby Asprin– Sick chickens also feel pain. To help relieve pain and destress the chicken, smash 1 baby aspirin and make a paste with a few drops of water, and administer to your chicken.
- Hydrogen Peroxide– After discovering a wounded chicken, the first step is so secluded and clean it. Hydrogen peroxide is great to disinfect the wound and prepare it for the next step of care.
Cheap Cleaning Supplies For Chickens
- Vinegar– My first choice and my favorite. Vinegar is a great cleaner that kills many nasty coop bourn illnesses.
- Bleach– When I really want to make sure that everything is completely cleaned, I use bleach to wash my incubator, brooder, waterer, feeder, and nesting boxes.
- Sprayer– I have multiple labeled sprayers. There are a few with infused vinegar that I use to help clean, some for bleach, and some for hydrogen peroxide to help evenly disperse it.
- Bottle Brush Cleaner– When you need to clean those little chick feeders, bottle brushes are great to have on hand!
- Soap– Soap really helps loosen up the dirt when cleaning waterers, feeders, or any plastic bins
- Plastic bins– Can you ever have enough plastic bins?! I have SO many! Some are for water to place around the yard when they free-range, to help organize my chicken emergency kit, collecting eggs, transporting chicks, etc.
Poultry Care Supplies From The Dollar Store
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