When I brought my first chicks home last year I quickly realized that there were dozens of problems that could arise, and when they did (see my post about the coccidiosis outbreak last spring), I was left frantically searching the internet and scrambling to store after store trying to find what I needed to keep my chicks healthy. While I am no expert on chicken illnesses or injuries, I have come up with a list of essential items to keep on hand when keeping backyard chickens. I have decided to assemble a ready made Backyard Chicken First Aid Kit, which I will be selling on Etsy, for anyone who wants to be prepared to readily nurse their chickens back to health! These would also make thoughtful and useful gifts for any chicken lovers you may know!
The following links offer great advice as to what to keep in a chicken first aid kit:
- The Chicken Chick: Chicken First Aid Kit & Sick-Bay. Be Prepared. I have mentioned in the past how great this website is for anything related to chickens – this specific post covers first aid contents and their uses, and includes pictures and helpful links.
- BackYard Chickens: first-aid-kit-for-chickens Another page discussing first aid contents and their uses. At the bottom of the page is a link to a discussion forum which is can be used if you have any follow-up questions.
- Fresh Eggs Daily: The All-Natural Chicken First Aid Kit – Fourteen Essential Items This page offers up natural suggestions of items you’re likely to already have in your pantry!
The Backyard Chicken First Aid Kit that I have assembled is specifically for the treatment of backyard chickens. If features a classic, portable red or white metal first aid cabinet that can be wall-mounted inside of the coop for easy (yet stylish!) access. Contents will help nurse chickens back to health when they’re injured or ill.
As of right now, the contents include:
- 1 – Kikkerland Metal First Aid Box (Apartment Therapy’s Best Products List) measures 6 x 7. 5 x 3-inches, features a painted steel with a chrome latch and the ability to be wall mounted
- 1 – 1ml Sterile Syringe
- 2 – Pairs of Disposable Gloves
- 1 – Sterile Gauze Roll
- 1 – Sterile Scissors
- 1 – Sterile Tweezers
- 1 – Pet Nail Clippers
- 2 – 0.5oz. Bags Corid 20% Soluble Powder
- 3 – Packs of Sav-A-Chick Electrolyte and Vitamin Supplement
- 3 – Packs of Sav-A-Chick Probiotic
- 5 – 0.5g Packets of Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- 2 – 0.5oz. Bags Epsom Salt
I may change this list over time as I learn more about the needs to backyard chickens, but for right now, I feel much more comfortable to tackle whatever the girls may throw my way! Does anyone else keep a special first aid kit for their flock? What do you keep in it that you feel is crucial?