What are Recommended First Aid Supplies for Backyard Chickens?

What do you recommend I keep around in terms of supplies in case of an emergency?

I recommend the following items for basic first aid supplies :

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Gauze bandages, Vet Wrap or similar item such as an Ace bandage
  • Needles and syringes
  • Neosporin ointment
  • saline solution (such as used by contact lens wearers)
  • Corid or Amprol powder
  • Terramycin or similar general powdered antibiotic
  • Nail and beak clippers
  • Vet Rx
  • Oxine
  • Probiotic liquid or powder
  • and a sense of humor!

There is a full article on this subject on the general Poultry Health Articles page if you would like more information on the application of these items. Click here to jump to the article.