13 Things to Keep in a First Aid Kit for Chickens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

06 August 2017

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!

first aid kit for backyard chickens

Your backyard chicken first aid kit should include:

  1. Bandages & medical tape
    • Use bandages & medical tape to cover wounds and discourage pecking.
  2. Iodine
    • Use iodine to disinfect any wounds.
  3. Probiotics & garlic powder
    • Use probiotics or garlic powder to boost your hen’s immune system
  4. Electrolytes
    • Use electrolytes to hydrate weak and ill chooks. Check out our home made recipe here!
  5. Pestene Powder & Diatomaceous Earth
  6. Petroleum jelly
    • Use petroleum jelly for preventing frostbite on combs and wattles and preventing and treating scaly leg mites.
  7. 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.
  8. Styptic powder or cornstarch
    • Use styptic powder or cornstarch to stop bleeding.
  9. Saline
    • Use saline for eye washes to remove foreign objects or flush out wounds.
  10. Flashlight and batteries
    • Use a flashlight in dark corners of the coop or night-time chook run visits.
  11. Latex gloves
    • Use latex gloves to prevent spreading infection and keep your hands clean.
  12. Pet crate
    • Use a pet crate or ventilated cardboard box to isolate contagious hens while they recover from illness or injury.
  13. 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.

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