Chicken First Aid

Occasionally, circumstances may render it necessary to administer first aid to an ill or injured chicken. A few weeks ago, Puffin, (our polish rooster) tore off one of his claws on the fence. My sister immediately alerted us to his predicament, and we actually used cornstarch, a paper towel and pressure to stem the blood flow. Because we wrapped the toe in gauze afterward, we were obliged to isolate him for a few weeks while the toe healed. I will tell you why in my future pecking order post.

In another instance, our dog was the cause of injury. Peleg is trained now not meddle with the chickens, but she had horribly mangled the back of an unfortunate Ameracauna. Mom, washing out the wound with saline, eventually was able to apply iodine and afterwards a bandage. The chicken fully recovered and ended up incredibly tame.

Although cornstarch was out of the question in an open wound like that, I would recommend adding it to the chicken first aid kit presented below. For a broken toe, pipe cleaners can be shaped into a splint and bound on with gauze. The same method can be used for a broken leg, substituting a popsicle stick in place of pipe cleaner.

Obviously, you don’t wan’t her walking around on the break, so building one of these simple chicken hammocks is a preferable alternative. There are holes in the netting, you just can’t see them.IMG_0681 Also, Remember to supply plenty of food and water while the hen is recuperating.

•Saline-solution wound wash                              •Gauze pads to mop out a cleaned wound

•Tweezers to pick debris out of a wound        •Iodine antiseptic such as Betadine for disinfecting wounds

•A syringe                                                                    •Wound powder, such as cornstarch, to stop bleeding

•Pipe cleaners for splinting                                   •Popsicle or lollipop sticks and/or cardboard for splinting

•Antibiotic ointment, Neosporin, for dry wounds •Rolled gauze to cushion and bind splint

•First aid tape                                                             •Some form of electrolyte powder(you could crush tablets)

•Petroleum jelly to protect comb from freezing•Paper towels for anything

•Old towels to wrap and restrain a chicken      •A clean container to hold everything (maybe a 5-gallon bucket)

Note: in the near future I am going to write a reader’s choice post, so give me a topic if you are so inclined and I’ll do my best to cover it. Thanks!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by The G on August 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Who knew that chicken keeping was so much work!! Great post!


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