Creating a Chicken First Aid Kit

When I became a chicken mom I wanted to be prepared for emergencies. I created a chicken first aid kit and have adjusted it based on experience and trial of different products. On many occasions, I have been thankful to have the kit on-hand because one chicken or another became injured. From the time my rooster cut his comb on our feeder to an eggbound hen, our chicken first aid supplies have been essential. I’ll share with you the products we love and hope you don’t need them!

chicken first aid kit

I am not a veterinarian or poultry expert. I am a chicken owner who lives in an area where veterinarians don’t see chickens and have had to provide my own chicken first aid to my flock. I’ve tried different products and methods and found what works for my Roosters and Hens.

The first time I needed my chicken first aid kit was when my flock started picking on one our Houdans. She developed a bald spot on her chest, where they were pecking at her, and was bleeding. I ran to our chicken first aid kit and got out blu-kote, a product that was highly recommended to me by other chicken owners. I later learned that this product is not recommend for chickens. I later found a great product called pick-no-more that has the same blue coloring and also tea tree oil that I applied after cleaning with Vetericyn. Lesson? Not everything people tell you in chicken chat groups on facebook is accurate.

While the best option is to see a poultry professional, I will share with you what I keep in my personal chicken first-aid kit. It may give you some insight or direction into caring for your flock. This post contains some affiliate links below.

Chicken first aid kit list:

  1. Vetericyn poultry – #1 product in my opinion. Treatment of scrapes, abrasions, wounds…everything. I use this the most.
  2. Nutridrench – Contains molasses and vitamins to treat deficiencies, I have used it to treat wry neck & general illness
  3. Pick no more – picking deterrent and antiseptic
  4. Corrid – For the treatment of coccidiosis
  5. Vet Rx – For respiratory health
  6. Vaseline – treatment of scaly leg mites
  7. Musher’s Secret – Comb frostbite prevention
  8. Epsom salts, plain – soaking for bumble foot and eggbound hens
  9. Save-a-chick – electrolytes & probiotics for chicks and older chickens who need a boost
  10. Corn Starch and/or Kwik-stop – slow/stop bleeding. There is also a stop-bleed product but this is what I have on hand.
  11. Safeguard – Goat dewormer for deworming
  12. Manuka Honey – wound treatment
  13. Asprin – for pain
  14. Poultry booster – Vitamins, amino acids and minerals.
  15. A dropper to give water and medication if needed.

A few notes

Collecting all of these items took some time. Some are expensive and I had to purchase them as I could. If I could say to pick one product to get today, it would be the Vetericyn spray. I’ve used it when my chicken was picked on, frostbite, the time my rooster cut his comb badly on our chicken feeder, for a bleeding pinfeather and so on. Vaseline, epsom salts and cornstarch were all very inexpensive at the grocery store.

There is a product to stop bleeding, kwik-stop, listed above. I do have something similar here for my dog but haven’t had to use it on a chicken. I have used the human version and it stings. I will use it on a chicken if the corn starch doesn’t work but I wouldn’t want to cause more pain than I have to.

Asprin is listed above. Asprin for chickens is something I have not had to do yet, but I have it on hand. The University of Mississippi notes: “Offer this solution free-choice to the birds for the duration of an illness. The solution aspirin equivalent to 25 grains/gallon or 324 mg/gallon of drinking water. The dosage rate is about 25 mg/lb body weight per day.” The tablets I found on Amazon are 325mg/tablet so one tablet would be to a gallon of water as noted their recommendation.

Where to find chicken first aid kit items

Normally, I head to Tractor Supply for many of these products. Some are even located in the supermarket! However, with the boom in new chicken owners the shelves at my local Tractor Supply stores are often empty. After multiple trips to TSC looking for products that would say they were in-stock, only to learn that they weren’t… I have found that ordering online has been the best way to get most of these items.

What am I missing?

If you are a proud chicken owner like I am, you have probably also learned that first, not many products are made specifically for chickens. And, unfortunately, there are not many veterinarians who will see a chicken for care. I had one local vet office tell me that “A vet visit is $60 and a new chicken is $3.” I responded, I can get a kitten for free but you’d still see my cat!!

I would love your feedback. I will update and add to this list based on feedback and hope to create a great resource for others. As I mentioned, I am not a vet. I am a chicken owner who has had chicken injuries, illnesses and general care that I simply could not get a local veterarnarian to help with at the time.

 

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