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For many of us, the responsibility of keeping our flock healthy lands squarely on our shoulders. Not many vets will agree to treat poultry, and those that do often don’t have a lot of practical experience – especially in urban areas. Backyard poultry is popular again- an interest not explored in America since the days of victory gardens. With more interest comes more questions, and my aim is to share the information I’ve collected over the last three (almost four) years of chicken keeping. There is a lot of misinformation that gets shared online about the proper ways to treat chicken illnesses and injuries, so I will only share the advice and treatments that I have researched and have worked for me.

***I’m not a vet and am not qualified to give medical advice.

Bumblefoot Treatment

In order to successfully treat bumblefoot, I recommend the use of drawing salve. But not all drawing salves are created equal. My initial attempt at using drawing salve failed miserably because I chose PRID based on the recommendations I found online and in Facebook groups. Over the years, I’ve seen many frustrated chicken keepers turning to home surgery after trying PRID with no results; that’s what happened to me, too. It wasn’t until I found Ideal Drawing Salve that this pain-free method finally worked.

If you’re looking to get your chicken first-aid kit started, here is the full list of items you’ll need for this treatment:

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There are a lot of products available to treat mites in poultry, but I have had the most success with GardStar Garden & Poultry Dust. I have tried a lot of different treatments, including Permethrin and Elector PSP, and none of them compare to the ease and effectiveness of this powder. Keep in mind that you have to go slow and be sensible while using this on your flock since dust can be extremely irritating to their respiratory system. I cover my empty coop in the powder, add straw, and then add another light dusting on top of the straw, and then treat each bird focusing on under the wings and around the vent area. Treat again in two weeks. No egg withdrawal time.

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Wound Care and Cleaning

Chickens get injured- there is no way to avoid it. If you are not the “prepping” type and don’t enjoy stocking up on a lot of supplies, i strongly suggest you consider stockpiling wound care and cleaning items since all injuries in poultry and unplanned, and what’s worse- they’re “scientifically proven” to happen when all of the stores are closed. As a note, BlueKote is not recommended for use in poultry by the FDA; it is also extremely painful and has been equated to pouring rubbing alcohol on a wound. I see no reason at all to inflict further pain on my girls, so you will not see that product recommended here. Beyond that, here are the “essentials” I keep on hand for emergency wound care:

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