Although backyard chickens are hardy girls it’s always a good idea to have a chook first aid kit on hand to keep them flappin’ fit. But what essential items should you include in your kit of health wonders? Worry not chicken keepers, we’ve got a list all the important stuff here!
Your backyard chicken first aid kit should include:
Bandages & medical tape
- Use bandages & medical tape to cover wounds and discourage pecking.
- Use iodine to disinfect any wounds.
Probiotics & garlic powder
- Use probiotics or garlic powder to boost your hen’s immune system
- Use electrolytes to hydrate weak and ill chooks. Check out our home made recipe here!
- Pestene Powder & Diatomaceous Earth
- Use petroleum jelly for preventing frostbite on combs and wattles and preventing and treating scaly leg mites.
Nail trimmers, scissors and tweezers
- Use nail trimmers to keep your flock’s nails and spurs trim, scissors to cut bandages and tweezers to remove any foreign objects.
Styptic powder or cornstarch
- Use styptic powder or cornstarch to stop bleeding.
- Use saline for eye washes to remove foreign objects or flush out wounds.
Flashlight and batteries
- Use a flashlight in dark corners of the coop or night-time chook run visits.
- Use latex gloves to prevent spreading infection and keep your hands clean.
- Use a pet crate or ventilated cardboard box to isolate contagious hens while they recover from illness or injury.
Vet contact info
- Always have your trusted avian vet info on hand for emergencies.
Your hen's health is in your hands, but don't stress! Prevention is always better than a cure - so keep your chooks healthy and happy with a Hen Health Kit. Still curious? Read about the top 5 natural health products for chooks here.