Friday, September 5, 2008

First Aid for Poultry

Here's what I'd recommend to keep on hand for first aid for your birds:

Antibiotic ointment
Masking tape
Vet tape
Clean rags
Syringes – 1 cc with small needles
1 percent iodine or Betadine solution
Insecticide powder
Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors for splinting legs and wings
Veterinarian’s name and phone number
Emergency phone number

What's missing? What would you recommend?

Have a separate isolation area for sick birds. Remove any bird from the flock as soon as you notice signs of illness. Isolating a sick bird gives you a better opportunity to observe and treat it. Removing it from the flock can prevent a contagious illness from being transmitted to the rest of the flock.

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