The All-Natural Chicken First Aid Kit - Top Essential Items

November 20, 2012

Too often in backyard chicken keeping, injury or illness occurs that needs to be treated quickly.  Since many products used to treat poultry are not readily available locally, and many vets don't treat chickens, it is my recommendation to be prepared and keep these critical items stocked at all times. Hopefully you will never need them, but at least you'll be ready if you do.  

I don't believe in using commercial antibiotics or medications not only for the hens' well-being, but also because we eat their eggs, so medicating chickens isn't optimal when thinking about then resuming eating their eggs.  Additionally, most medications and treatments recommended even by vets are not approved for use in poultry, and withdrawal periods (during which you shouldn't eat the eggs from a treated chicken) are often uncertain. 

I consider the items listed below essential to any chicken first aid kit. They are all-natural and have no side effects or withdrawal periods when used as directed, but between them all, you should be equipped to treat nearly anything including predator attacks, respiratory issues, predators or heat stress. We have never used a medication, antibiotic or other chemical-based product on our hens and have never lost one to disease or illness.

All-Natural First Aid Kit

Poultry VetRx     Verm-X       Garlic Juice   Honey    Saline Solution 

Green Goo       Cornstarch   Molasses   Oregano Oil   Theracyn

Activated Charcoal     Waxelene       Cayenne Powder    Liquid Calcium

1. Green Goo  - an antibacterial/anti-fungal topical salve for abrasions, cuts, scrapes and use as a first aid dressing. A natural alternative to Neosporin, that can be used on chickens, ducks, cats, dogs, horses, and humans to help speed up the healing process and prevent infection.

2. Anti-pick spray - an antibacterial/antifungal topical spray for wounds, cuts or sores is an important addition to a first aid kit. Using one with blue food coloring added has the added bonus of preventing further picking at injuries from other birds who might be attracted to red blood or raw skin.  Add a few drops of blue food coloring to some honey and a bit of water to make your own all natural spray. To make your own, read more HERE.

3. Nutri-Drench  - this molasses-based liquid packed with nutrients, helps resistance to disease, boosts immune systems, corrects vitamin deficiencies, helps with heat stress, improves appetites in sick birds and increases the body's response to other treatments.  Excellent to give to new chicks to ease the strain of shipping. (Note: Blackstrap molasses can be used interchangeably -  but in moderation because too much can cause diarrhea. Molasses can also be used as a flush in the case of accidental poisoning or botulism) Nutri-drench is given orally using an eyedropper or can be added to feed.

4.  Kocci-Free   - an organic, all natural antibiotic/anti-parasitic that helps boost the immune system and rid the body of the coccidia parasite. Also kills other viruses, bacteria and fungus. Given orally using an eyedropper.

5.  Poultry VetRx- a 100% natural alternative to antibiotics, this camphor-based formula is used to treat respiratory ailments, scaly leg and eye worm.  Given orally, dabbed on the nostrils or under wings, can also be added to drinking water.

6. Verm-X- An all natural wormer/preventive that helps control and flush internal parasites.

7. Garlic Juice - A 10% garlic juice/90% water mixture is an effective remedy for mites and lice. 

8. Honey - an antiseptic with natural healing properties, honey is obviously also non-toxic if inadvertently eaten. Wonderful to apply to wounds to aid in healing, it's a natural antibacterial and antifungal.

9.  Saline Solution - a bottle of regular saline solution is perfect for rinsing dust or dirt out of watery eyes or cleaning a wound.

10.  Cornstarch - a fast way to stop bleeding effectively. Apply topically to the site of the bleeding.

11. Molasses - Molasses fed in large enough amounts can cause diarrhea, which can be beneficial in the case of accidental poisoning or suspected botulism.  It also contains a super dose of vitamins and minerals which are of benefit to a recovering hen. Read more HERE about the benefits of molasses.
Starwest Botanicals Charcoal Powder (Activated), 4 Ounces
12. Activated Charcoal - In the case of suspected poisoning, Activated Charcoal can help flush toxins in humans and animals. It also contains Vitamin K which aids in blood clotting. Not a bad idea to keep some in your first aid kit....just in case.

13.  Oregano Oil   (or dried oregano) - Oregano has been proven to be a natural antibiotic when added to  chickens' diet. Read more HERE about the benefits of oregano as an antibiotic.

14. Waxelene   - This all-natural alternative to petroleum jelly can be used to prevent frostbite on wattles and combs.

15. Coconut Oil - Smearing coconut oil on combs and wattles can help prevent and/or treat frostbite, and smeared on the legs can help treat scaly leg mites.

16. Cayenne Pepper - Cayenne powder can be applied to a wound to stop bleeding. As treatment for shock, adding several teaspoons of cayenne powder to a cup of water can relieve the shock quickly.

17. Liquid Calcium - In a case of suspected egg binding, 1 cc of liquid calcium administered with an eye dropper can help to boost the calcium levels in the chicken's body to allow her to contract and push the egg out.

18. Theracyn Wound & Skin Care - All natural cleanser and wound dressing that treats cuts, scrapes and wounds while promoting natural healing without killing healthy skin tissue. The non-toxic, natural antibiotic, non-stinging formula treats hot spots, scratches, eye infections including conjunctivitis, fungal infections, bumblefoot, burns and other skin irritations.

These items, along with some gauze pads,  scalpel, eye dropper, tweezers, a small pair of scissors and vet wrap or first aid tape will ensure you are prepared.

For a complete, more comprehensive list of all the items to consider for your chicken first aid kit, as well as some non-natural supplies, click HERE.


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  1. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!:)

  2. Wonderful information!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is great, I need to pull all the supplies together this weekend.

  4. I wish I had that when my polishe's butt got plucked.

  5. I wish I had that when my polishe's butt got plucked.

  6. I'm currently prepping for chickens. thank you for this. I love a good emergency kit and will feel much better knowing I can handle situations if/when they occur!

  7. I'm currently prepping for chickens. thank you for this. I love a good emergency kit and will feel much better knowing I can handle situations if/when they occur!

  8. This doesn't address if we think a wing or leg is hurt. any advice here?

    1. Normally you have to just let nature take its course and let it heal on its own.

  9. How often can a dose of Nutra-Drench be given to an ailing hen?

    1. At least twice a day I would administer to a sick chicken.

    2. Thank you Lisa. Would you also give her a probiotic and electrolyte solution (in addition to the Nutri-Drench)? If so, how much of that? Our girl became obviously ill on Tues. With the combo of nutrients + probiotic and electrolyte water, she was perkier on Wed and started to eat and drink water. Now she is back to not eating or drinking. Just stands there. I don't know if I'm giving her too much stuff or not enough. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated. (BTW, I really like all the great info you provide...and just got your book. Thanks for writing it.)

    3. Sure can't hurt - each of the supplements you're taking about a natural and all serve a slightly different purpose in her recovery. And so glad you like my book!

  10. If a leg for sure remove from pen so not going up&down from roost to ground to re injure wound,it is allways good to have some 2'X2'X2' rest stalls for sick or injured birds and will give a sore leg rest to heal hope this helps,Bryan B&T FARMS.


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