First Aid from the Pantry…and other items to keep on hand
It’s always good to have some first aid on hand not just for yourself, but when raising animals it’s just as important. I’ve put together a list below for some basics and then also a list of common items probably already in your kitchen that are all excellent for first aid treatments.
What’s in the pantry:
- Cornstarch – helps stop bleeding
- Epsom salts – A little in the chickens water helps to flush out toxins if there’s an accidental poisoning and can also help with crop issues
- Sugar – Helps to tighten the vent if prolapsed. Apply a little olive oil to vent and just tap a little sugar on it
- Coconut oil – great for apply to combs and feet to prevent frost bite in winter and also is great on scaly leg mites as it smothers the little cooties
- Cinnamon – another good one to help stop bleeding and has antiseptic properties. Cinnamon is also an antioxidant, can help with respiratory issues and great to sprinkle a little in their food in the winter, especially if your birds don’t get to be outside as much
- Cayenne pepper – I’ve also heard this can help with frostbite in winter, but also good to add to their water as it helps with parasites
- Blackstrap molasses – nutrient rich, great for an ill chick or to flush out toxins again in the case of an accidental poisoning and I’ve also heard can help with listlessness or stress from a predator attack. Chickens love the taste so will eat it freely.
- Green tea – Another remedy to stop bleeding, steep a tea bag or loose tea and hold it against the wound. Good for combatting coccidiosis in chickens, when brewing, do the same as you would for yourself making it strong and let cool then offer to the flock.
- Black tea – Same as for green tea for helping to stop bleeding
- Olive oil – Use about a tablespoon, offer to chicken for impacted crop or apply to vent for egg bound hen to help slide things along easier
- Honey – This is a great antiseptic and aids in helping to heal skin wounds. Natures answer to antibacterial cream!
- Yogurt – A small bowl or dish given to a chicken who’s egg bound works great. Also offering this to your chickens as a treat is great for their digestive system, helping to rid them of intestinal parasites and is just plain good bacteria for them
What’s in the first aid kit:
- I suggest keeping a container handy with these items in it, along with a number of a vet if you have one, this way you’re not running around frantically through your house trying to take care of the animal
- Small dog crate comes in handy if you have to transport or immobilize the critter
- Band-aids, gauze pads, eyedropper, Vetrap (that sticky gauze tape) small pair of scissors, towel, rubber gloves, tweezers, wooden craft sticks, towel, and plastic syringe. One note I’d like to make as far as any type of wrap you may use, or anything you would put on a chicken for that matter, I don’t recommend using anything red, red signifies blood to chickens and something that they will peck at. Its for this very same reason that I will not use red leg bands on some of my chickens that are too close to tell apart since I don’t want them or others pecking at the leg.
Of course there is also Green Goo which is great to have on hand as well and comes in either a single can, or the Green Goo travel pack which is a neat little first aid pack for first aid, dry skin, skin repair and pain relief
We all hope and pray we never need any of this, but it’s nice to know that what you typically have on hand can be a huge help and even a lifesaver.
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