Jan 29, 2012

Chicken First Aid Kit & Sick-Bay. Be prepared.

*-There is no way of knowing when a sick or injured chicken is going to need immediate, medical attention, so it is best to be prepared for the worst.
There is no way of knowing when a sick or injured chicken is going to need immediate, medical attention, so it is best to be prepared for the worst. During an urgent, medical situation, acquiring supplies should not be the priority. Knowing the types of emergency supplies to have on hand is as important as having a safe, quiet space in which they can recover. I use my infirmary space for multiple purposes, including: a maternity ward for brooding hens, a time-out space for aggressive or problem chickens, a broody-breaker box and as a grow-out space for chickens being integrated into the flock. I'll show you some of my Sick Bay set ups shortly, but first, let's look at chicken first aid essentials.
I always keep a basic chicken first-aid kit handy and stocked with: *Vetericyn VF wound and infection treatment: There are different formulations of Vetericyn- I have used them all and I prefer the Vetericyn VF spray primarily because the veterinary formula is three times stronger than the regular Vetericyn hydrogel spray.
FIRST-AID KIT ESSENTIALS
I always keep a basic chicken first-aid kit handy and stocked with Vetericyn VF wound and infection treatmentspray. There are different formulations of Vetericyn- I have used them all and I prefer the Vetericyn VF spray because the veterinary formula is three times stronger than the regular Vetericyn hydrogel spray

*vitamins & electrolytes *an eye dropper or syringe
*Epsom salt-for soaking feet before bumblefoot treatment
*non-stick gauze pads
*Vetrap
*disposable gloves
*aspirin (not baby aspirin)
* tweezers
*scissors
*Neosporin ointment
*Superglue gel (for broken beak repair)
*a LED flashlight
*styptic powder (for bleeding nails/beaks)
*dog nail clippers or a Dremel tool (for trimming beaks or toe nails)
*Chlorhexadine 2% solution (antibacterial, antifungal cleaning & sanitizing solution. Great for cleaning & sanitizing bumblefoot & other skin infections as well as cleaning/sanitizing equipment, work areas & cages).
 Chlorhexadine 2% Solution spray
*The contact information for an avian veterinarian and your state's poultry pathology lab & extension service agents can be found HERE.
 Chicken Health & Poultry Management Contacts listed by STATE
As long as there are no internal injuries, an aspirin drinking water solution can be offered to an injured chicken for a maximum of three days. Add 5 aspirin tablets (325 mg x5) to one gallon of water.

Some other items you may wish to keep in a more extensive medical kit for your chickens are:
liquid calcium (for vent prolapse)
Popsicle sticks (for fashioning splints)
a chicken saddle (for hens with feather loss from over-mating)
a chicken diaper (if a chicken must stay inside the house)
Preparation-H cream (for vent prolapse)
NutriDrench-for shipping-related stress for day old chicks or sickly chickens
Lafeber's Hand-feeding Formula-for sickly chickens who are not eating independently.
ProZyme- digestive & nutritional support for ill chickens not eating normally
tea bags (for beak repair)
Old towels (for calming a chicken during bumblefoot surgery, for instance, or bedding for very sick birds in the house)
Dog Training Pads-floor padding for sick birds
ProZyme- digestive & nutritional support for ill chickens not eating normally
Old towels (for calming a chicken during bumblefoot surgery, for instance, bedding for very sick birds in the house) Dog Training Pads-floor padding for sick birds
*If you should find yourself without electrolytes in an emergency situation such as heat stress or dehydration, Gatorade can be substituted or simply make your own electrolytes with items commonly found in the kitchen. Click here for the electrolyte recipe.
Some of my bumblefoot first-aid supplies, which also include  Vetericyn Wound and Infection Hydro Gel.
This Olive Egger chick was injured somehow, losing part of her upper beak,. I treated her with Vetericyn twice a day and was able to return to the flock within a week!
This baby chick was pecked by a broody hen, causing the wound shown below. I sprayed Vetericyn on it 2-3 times per day and within 13 days the chick was completely healed with new feathers emerging through the site of the wound!
Vetericyn Wound & Infection treatment spray healed this baby chick's deep wound in 13 days!
SICK BAY FOR CHICKENS
It is best to know how and where a sick-bay will be set up before it becomes necessary.
The basic requirements of a sick-bay are that it provide enough spacious for the chicken to move around in, is accessible for cleaning, and has a space for food and water apart from where it can relieve itself. It helps if it's in a dimly lit, quiet place that is a little warmer that the chicken was accustomed to outside. There are countless options for a sick-bay. I prefer wire-sided pet crates or a rabbit hutch setup.
Wire sided pet crate
 Hutch in garage used as infirmary space
When baby chicks requiring supplemental heat are injured, they should be physically separated inside the brooder from the other chicks. This is the setup I have used successfully with bullied and bullying chicks. Dividing the brooder with hardware cloth or window screening allows the chicks to share a heat source and remain visible to one another, which makes reuniting them later easier.
A rabbit hutch makes a fantastic hospital ward for chickens.
 A rabbit hutch makes a fantastic hospital ward for chickens.
The injured bird should be 100% healed with no visible signs of blood or scabbing before being returned to the flock.
Information about caring for a sick chicken can be found HERE.
How to help and care for a sick chicken
 How to care for an injured chicken.
Any time a bird is sick or injured, the bird must be housed separately from the flock until the injury is completely healed to avoid further injury, potential spread of a contagious illness, cannibalism and death. The recovery area should be a safe, quiet living space where they will remain until they are fully recovered. Much more about caring for injured birds HERE..
Treat the injured bird like a stranger when reintroducing it to the flock. I recommend the Playpen Method for a conflict-free reunion. Again, patience is the key to success.
RETURNING INJURED BIRDS TO THE FLOCK
1) The injured bird should be 100% healed with no visible signs of blood or scabbing before being returned to the flock. (Covering it up with a purple dye product is not an acceptable substitute for time and complete healing.)
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2) Treat the injured bird like a stranger when reintroducing it to the flock. I recommend the Playpen Method for a conflict-free reunion. Again, patience is the key to success. Learn about the Playpen Method HERE.

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

1,493 comments :

  1. Kimberley Carville1/30/12, 10:46 PM

    Very informative. Thanks.

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  2. We can't wait to get our first flock of chickens! And we are always prepared ahead of time (cars have supplies for emergencies, bug-out bags packed at home, first aid kits at home and in car, fire extinguishers at home (several) and in car, etc.)so this information really appealed to our "be prepared" brains! :)

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    1. You must have been a scout! You will love your new chickens. Post pictures on my Facebook page when you get the new babies! http://www.Facebook.com/Egg.Carton.Labels.by.ADozenGirlz

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  3. Trena Boger2/19/12, 9:12 PM

    I'm a new follower. Thanks so much for the info about spraddle leg. Although I have a dozen hens already, I just ordered my first batch of chicks so I'll be on the lookout when they get here for any problems they might have with their little legs.

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    1. Hello Trena! Thanks for joining me here. I hope you don't ever need any of this information but it's nice to have it just in case.

      See you on Facebook!

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  4. There's so much good information here that I was debating about which article to comment on for the contest but opted on this since it's information that I have not necessarily formerly had. Thanks so much for putting so much good information on this blog in one nice, tidy place! Sea Shelley (facebook name)

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  5. Excellent article! Not only a list of supplies to keep on hand, but those great pics of sick bay possibilities. Thanks!

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  6. fld20@yahoo.com4/19/12, 9:20 AM

    Great article for a newbie like me ! I'd never really thought about a first aid kit for my chickens . But now that I've read this I will be putting one together :) Fallon

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    1. Thanks Fallon. Happy National Pet First Aid Awareness month! ☺

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  7. I have read this blog many times in the last couple of months, I even bookmarked the page so it would be an easy find! Since reading this shortly after getting my chicks, I have been slowly picking up stuff that you listed for my first aid kit. I am working on plans for the inside of the coop (which should be finished by next weekend! *fingers crossed*) so that I can keep a "hospital room" near the other chickens for "moral support" (I think my girls will appreciate being able to chat with their friends even when they are recovering from whatever.)
    Thank you again for all your wonderful information! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog! - Audrey Siebert

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    1. Thanks so much for following along, Audrey. If you'd like to get the newest blog posts directly to your inbox, just become a follower via email, Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs in the right-hand margin. ->
      I can't wait to see your new coop on Facebook!!

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  8. I agree everyone needs a first aid kit! You never know when you may need it!

    Cheep Cheep Olejnik

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    1. Yup, they always keep us guessing, don't they Inanda?

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  9. Regina McCormick4/19/12, 8:39 PM

    this is such good information for a rookie like me! thanks for sharing!

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  10. Great info! New to chickens so love all the information that you have.

    Never thought of having a 'sick area' for them. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. My pleasure, Christina! Enjoly your new flock!

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  11. Great information. I have nothing in a first aid kit I guess I better get one together.

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    1. That's the easy part now that you know some of the essentials to put in it. :)
      Thanks for stopping in today. ☺

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  12. Wow! Lots of great information! Heading out now to stock my emergency kit with your list of items! :)

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  13. robin mcdowell4/20/12, 5:52 PM

    great info!! thanks for sharing with us.

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  14. Sherry Bartlett Coggin4/20/12, 5:56 PM

    GREAT first aid information. Thanks, Kathy. Love your posts. You are my 'go to' for chicken info.

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  15. robin mcdowell4/20/12, 5:57 PM

    I tried to put my e-mail to follow your blog several times but on my end it neve did anything.I follow you on facebook as well. here is my e-mail. cremesoda34@yahoo.com thanks for the great info!!

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    1. You should be able to follow my blog with Google Friend Connect through your Yahoo account, Robin.
      Thanks for letting me know that you've been trying!

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    2. robin mcdowell4/21/12, 8:11 AM

      it took my e-mial. My computer was slow loading the information part is all. Thank you for your wonderful blogs!!

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  16. I've got to get one put together by June for my chicks. Thank you so much!

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    1. Tina, you are WAY ahead of the game! Good for you!

      Let me know when your babies arrive!

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  17. Not sure what happened to my post, but, as I was saying, I have never tried Vetericyn, I have always used Blue Kote. How does this compare? I would be interested in trying this product.
    Debbie.

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    1. I had never used Vetericyn until this week either, Debbie. I am using it on my hen with a prolapse uterus and double bumblefoot and given the testimonials I have read, I'm optimistic that it can do wonders for all kinds of cuts, scrapes, infections and conditions. Check out the link to the Vetericyn website in my blog post to read more about the product line and to read some of the testimonials of customers. There are also lots of photo testimonials with before and after pictures on their Facebook page: Vetericyn Wound and Infection Treatment.
      I HAVE used Blu-Kote in the past and am not at all a fan of the product. First, the primary ingredient is alcohol. I am not fond of the idea of pouring an alcohol-based product on my pets' open wounds. It's got to hurt like crazy. One of the selling-points to chicken keepers of this product is that the purple dye (ventian blue) masks blood or red parts on an injured chicken so that others do not peck the injury. I don't find that a persuasive argument in favor of the product. To color an injury purple impairs the ability to assess the injury subsequently for infection. I want to know when one of my pet's injuries is beginning to look more red or less red so that I know whether infection is setting in or the injury is healing.

      In my flock injured birds are removed immediately from the general population. I want them to be able to heal in a controlled environment where I can keep a watchful eye on them, not minging in the flock where they could potentially still be pecked or further injured.
      That's my take on Blu-Kote.

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  18. I use this spray on my horses! Love it! Janelle bulan

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    1. Great to know, Janelle! Your ginormous flock of chickens is all set then!

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  19. This is definitely on my to get list - thanks for all your great info!

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    1. Mary Lynn, I have found the best prices for this product line on Amazon.com

      Happy shopping!

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  20. Heidi's Happy Acre Farm4/20/12, 6:28 PM

    Well between the prolapse page and the bumblefoot I never thought I wouldn't have everything I needed in my medic box! Ok so this shows me I am still in need of more supplies! The Vetericyn is a definite and I will be ordering it very soon!

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    1. I had no idea about this product until recently through a Facebook fan, Heidi and she raves about it. I have researched it, read testimonials, seen many before and after pictures and spoken with several people at Vetericyn and I am persuaded that this multi-purpose product line can change the way we treat many of our chickens' injuries and infections.

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  21. Hey My name is Spencer Knight and i would love to win some , but it I do not I am going to buy some

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  22. I find that all of your info is very helpful. And the bumblefoot video is an essential to watch. :)
    Barbara Woodward

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    1. Thank you Barbara! Nice to have you here and on my Facebook page.

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  23. Rebecca Garrett4/20/12, 6:58 PM

    Hello! I just started putting together my chicken repair kit and I would love to win this!! Thanks for all the great info!!

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    1. That's great, Rebecca! Hopefully you won't have to use it much, but it's good to have on-hand just in case.

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  24. Well I am trying but google is still not letting me post gerrrr.... I must say .. I need to up date my chick first aid box. Thank you for this article. Lynn Crone

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    1. Sorry, Lynn. Blogger is as tempermental as Facebook at times. Thanks for your persistence. :)

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  25. I need to add some stuff to mine too!! These are some great tips - helped me a lot when my rooster went psycho!!

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  26. I need to add Vetericyn & Prep H to my first aid kit!

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    1. Cortney, I was surprised to have to manage a prolapsed uterus but having these products on hand made the situation a lot less stressful.

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  27. Amazing product!!!!! I will not share my prep-h with anyone. The chickens have a separate supply (*V*) LOL <3

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  28. Don't have a first aid kit, but will get one now (since I'm the mommy of 3 new baby chicks)!
    flippinggoldfish@yahoo.com

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    1. Congratulations to you!! You're going to love chicken keeping!!

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  29. I love your blog, I have learned so many things from it. I actually started my chicken emergency kit yesterday, but it would be awesome to have some Vetericyn to put in it!

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    1. Good for you Karen and thank you for taking this blog journey with me! Good luck!

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  30. What a great blog! I always keep a first aid kit around for us but I never thought to put one together for the chickens! I already have most of that, I just need to put it together in a place so that I can get to it quickly in case of an emergency. I had a couple of questions though. Where do you get sterile scalpels? Also, what is the Epsom salt for? I'm assuming soaking them for some reason or another?

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm so glad you're following it now!

      I buy my scalpels on eBay and I use the Epsom salt for soaking bumblefeet (I think I just made that word up. LOL!).

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    2. Congratulations Kristin! You have won the Vetericyn prize package for your First Aid kit!!
      Please email me with your shipping info and "Vetericyn giveaway" in the subject line: service@CustomEggCartonLabels.com

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  31. Thanks for posting! My kit was not this detailed, but I have added to it since reading this:)-- Lori Lee

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    1. My pleasure Lori! Let's hope you don't need it.

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  32. Oh no, I am not prepared AT ALL if my girls get sick! Hope I win this so that I can begin preparing!

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    1. Time to take a trip to your local Tractor Supply or feed store. :)

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  33. I guess I need to start getting stuff together..Thanks for your wonderful info ...

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  34. Thanks for sharing you knowledge with us. I have learned so much for you! Going to put our first aid kit together tomorrow! -----+-mandy commons from face book.

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    1. Happy to help, Mandy. Thanks so much for that. :)

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  35. Regina Bird McCormick4/20/12, 9:51 PM

    love your blogs!

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    1. Thank you Regina! Happy to have you following along!

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  36. Love your site....very informative...hope to win stuff for my chicks too :)

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  37. I am working on putting together Our H.H.H. First Aid kit. I have 1 polish teenager who thinks she is invisible. I glued a funnel upside down on their waterer. She flew up and got her foot stuck in the tiny hole of the funnel. Good thing I was sitting right there and could assist her. Now have a cork pushed down in the hole. Don't think I have to worry about her doing it again....lol Just like human babies, we Mama's have to be ever so watchful. Ilean Roberts Hardy

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    1. Oh gosh, Ilean. Just like kids, it's always something!

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  38. I have been following for a bit. Don't always post though. You have a lot of useful info that I love to read. I used the Vetericyn on my goats udders. I love this stuff but wish it was less expensive. LOL..wish that about a lot of stuff. Thanks for the info you post.
    Thanks Vivian

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  39. You totally rock; love the info on the chicken first aid kit! Have a lot of it in the barn for the horses; will hit Walgreen's tomorrow for the last couple items.

    Thanks again for the great info and daily chuckles.

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  40. Very informative. Thanks for the info

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  41. Guess I need to get some stuff together then. Lots of good information.

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  42. Like the article, will have to put one together. Where do you get VetWrap? flippinggoldfish@yahoo.com

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    1. VetWrap is available at most feed stores, usually in the equine section. If you can't find it locally (I get mine at Tractor Supply) you can purchase it online.

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  43. Excellent info. Thanks. I have had to put down one too many chicks due to insufficiency of on hand meds. This is a good list to get me started.

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    1. Thanks, I'm happy to know it helped!

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  44. what is in the brown bottle above the vetwrap and to the right of the white bottle in the first picture?

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  45. Name the little girl Spitfire.

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  46. Thank you Kathy for always going above and beyond! You share so much helpful information to all of us. I learn so much from you and with a smile and a giggle too! The first aid kit rocks!

    She looks like a "Livey" (live-ee)

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  47. Sphinx- as in the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt;] is nose is gone to;] hope he does great!

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  48. I like "Purdy" because even though she has a booboo shes still Purdue to you. :)

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  49. Excellent article. Thanks for sharing the information. I would name your girl Olivia. No reason. I just like the name.

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  50. I would love to name the little chick..."Stubby Nubby" thanks..love your page..sheilah locklear

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  51. Name her "Angel" O:-)
    -Donna Rogers

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  52. I did not have a proper First Aid kit, but I do now..Thanks for the great article and all the wonderful posts! Look forward to them each morning!

    Love the name Beeker!

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  53. I would name her Heather, based on her coloring and she just looks like a Heather.

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  54. I would absolutely love to have this kit. Having as many chickens as i have, it would come in very handy! I dont have one.

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  55. Thank you for all this great information!
    I am in the process of putting together a chicken first aid kit :)

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  56. I don't have my kit completed but I have been getting stuff together. Having everything in a central location is a good start.

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  57. I have a small Chicken First Aid Kit that contains Tylan, antibiotic ointment, and a chicken apron. I would love to win the VETERICYN WOUND & INFECTION TREATMENT GIVEAWAY!

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  58. I do not have an emergency kit yet. Although we do have veterycin and will never be without it.

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  59. I do not have a chicken first aid kit yet. I am working on making one thanks for all the very useful information you provide with your wonderful and informative sit! I love love love it!

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  60. i do not have a chicken first aid, i have a vet that comes when i call, but i am going to put one together. learning a lot from your site. tyvm

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  61. Although I have had quite a few sick chicken incidents, I do not have a comprehensive first aid kit. It is something I need to get together though. My chickens are always getting into some sort of trouble! Thanks for all the info :)

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  62. I have a small first aid kit - but my word - it can't rival yours!! I will have to fill it out for certain because it is quite a drive to the store for me. Thanks for sharing all this great info - it will certainly save time (and stress on me AND my girls) by keeping all of this close by!!

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  63. It helps to have a few sources of information that are reliable. Way too much "stuff" out on the web and no way to be sure you are getting correct info. Thanks so very much for your blog!!!

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  64. Esther Widgren9/17/12, 12:32 PM

    I soooo need to win this package to fill out the first aid kit I've been assembling!

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  65. I don't have a chicken first aid kit, but I do have most of those supplies (except the Vetericin & Nutridrench) already

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  66. I have started a first aid kit for the chickens, but am still lacking a few things. I have never used the Vetericyn spray, but have heard amazing things about it. I have done bumblefoot surgeries with Iodine, and peroxide and wrapped with vetwrap. (also keep that on hand for my horses!) I'm building up a shelf with antibiotics for various things, as well. But I sure need a list or help to get organized. This was a great article. Where did you buy your styptic powder?? I have found the styptic "pencils" in the shaving aisle at Walmart, but was told they don't work as well. I haven't had a need to try them yet.

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  67. I do not have a dedicated "chicken" first aid kit. However, I do have first aid items for my dogs & horses. Thankfully I've only had to doctor a hurt chicken a few times. Your blog post is a reminder that I need to go through my animal first aid kit and check expiration dates & add some more items. Would LOVE to win the Vetercyin products. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about their products

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  68. I'm just starting out and have what I thought was an adequate kit. But I see it's no where complete!! I'm adding supplies as soon as I finish this.

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  69. I love your first aid kit! We are still adding to ours.

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  70. Don't have a chicken first aid kit but need one now that my dog today attacked to of my hens. :(

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  71. I don't have a first aid kit for the chicks, but it would be a wonderful thing to have. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  72. I don't have a dedicated chicken first aid kit yet. I already follow the blog. :)

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  73. Love this post! I have only two items in my chicken first aid kit..this is our first year having chickens, so I'm learning as I go. We had one issue where they were pulling each other's feathers out and it got all bloody, so I got some spray stuff for them that's purple...don't remember what it's called, but it's for wounds. And I have a tube of first aid ointment. That's all though! I love my chickens and have no vets within an hours distance that will see them (I've already had to take one of my chicks to be put to sleep after her beak got broken :'( ) so a first aid kit would be very handy for me for non life threatening injuries so I don't have to take them all the way over to the vet! Thanks for all your posts. I love reading about your flock!

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  74. I do have off the items listed but not all. I have a couple of hen saddles but found them to really not be usefull. My chckens continued to peck at one low in pecking order hen even with the saddle. Only option was to segregate her to a pen, she is now the " Mommy" is the younger younger pen

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  75. Julie kharramba@frontier.com9/17/12, 1:05 PM

    I have a partial first aid kit, both for me and the chicks ! Not wanting to use either one but glad they are there !

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  76. DeAnna Haase9/17/12, 1:08 PM

    I've been working on one little by little. I think it's important to have one on hand.

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  77. Just found your site through a friend on Facebook. I haven't had chickens in years, but I want to get some. Thanks for the info on First-aid. I will be sure and get a kit when I get my new chicks.

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  78. Thanks to finding your blog BEFORE my girls came home, I have a fully stocked chicken/llama emergency kit, including Vetericyn. But I'd love to win more! Be prepared, right?

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  79. Since I have horses as well as parrots and chickens, all my first aid items are together in one place. Which having all the items are as important as having all the items together in one place! Right next to the Vetericyn, of course!

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  80. I don't have a dedicated chicken first aid kit...I usually just run around gathering supplies from our kit, the bathroom cabinet, and the cat supplies...

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  81. Been following this blog for some time now, but just now had time to go through this post. I've had chickens for 10 years (started when I was 8 years old), but I've never had a first aid kit dedicated solely to the birdies. I'm slowly collecting one now, after having a rough spring full of avian injuries (Vetricyn saved the day, yet again!!). Loved this list of items to add to it!

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  82. I don't have a first aid kit dedicated to just chickens, but slowly gathering up supplies for the animals.

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  83. i havent yet gotten my first aid kit i would love to win this to be my first aid kit!

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  84. Anne Guffey9/17/12, 2:22 PM

    Thanks for this great info Kathy. If I don't win the first aid kit I will start accumulating the suggestions on your list. Since I now suffer from "empty nest syndrome" I absolutely must have first aid items for my replacement babies! :)

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  85. I havent assembled my first aid kit, I am not really sure where to find some items, ie liquid calcium and vitamins and electrolytes?

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  86. Anne Guffey9/17/12, 2:32 PM

    I haven't assembled my chicken first aid kit yet so thanks for the great list! :)

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  87. Very informative! I do not have one as of yet, but I will be putting one together. Great info... thanks!

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  88. Anne Guffey9/17/12, 2:42 PM

    This is my 3rd attempt to enter...hope it works! I don't have a chicken first aid kit yet so I hope I win! If I don't win you have given a great list of supplies. Thanks Kathy! :)

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  89. I don't have a chicken first aid kit. I frankly didn't know one was availble. I have a tack box that consists of basic products for preping my birds for the poultry shows. One of my big shows I attend each year is Ohio National Poultry show in Columbus OH. They have lots of venders. I would recommend settin up a booth their. I'm the poultry leader for my 4-H club and I'm going to forward this facebook post on to my 4-H Poultry kids.

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  90. I put together a Frist Aid kit this summer and used it yesterday! I have two girls with bumble foot right now. We treated Daisy but we are going to wait on Lacy because she is molting. I had Vetercyn on hand because one of my cats this summer scratched himself a good size cut on his head. It worked great on his cut! Now I am using on thier bumble foot wonds after removing the infection.

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  91. thought I had a first aid kit til I read this! (just a few odds and ends, far from complete) and the "sick bay" ideas were a real eye opener, thank you!

    P.S. I would really love to have the Veterycin kit on hand for my little flock of rescued hens!!! (and one new baby chick :)

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  92. wow. didn't realize how much I didn't have til I read this! I also really love the "sick bay" ideas!!! Thank you!!!

    (p.s.~I could really use the Veterycin kit to have on hand for my little flock of "rescued" girls. Oh, and 1 brand new baby chick :)

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  93. Great information. I especially like the tip about "caine" and "cane". Good to know. Thank you, Lisa

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  94. Hi there!
    Love your blog, I learn so much! I have a tiny first aid kit that is slowly growing and would love the chance to win these items to add to take care of my feathered friends

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  95. Assembling my kit...this would be a great addition!

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  96. I don't have a first aid kit yet, but I would LIKE to!!!!!!

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  97. I don't have a first aid kit yet, but I would LIKE to!

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  98. I have a bag of electrolyte powder, a bag of coccidiosis treatment powder and a bag of general antibiotics. That's about it for my chickens. I haven't really needed much more than that, but am always open to trying new things and having first aid on hand just in case. Always prepared.

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  99. I dont have a chicken first aid kit yet. I was very intrigued when i saw this post, i don't know what i would do if one of my girls got sick.

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  100. I follow on FB and would love this as I'm getting chickens this fall or spring and I'm learning all I can beforehand. Good posting. Thanks for the giveaway. DEb Berning

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  101. I found your site and so glad I did. Very helpful info. Looking foreward to reading it all.

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  102. So glad I found your site. Lots of good info on chicken rasing.

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  103. I am already a follower of your blog. :)
    I have some of my first aid kit in the chicken house. Funny you should have this contest. I was needing to get some more things for the kit! This would be great to win for my girls!!! Hope we win!
    kellybueker@ymail.com

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  104. I have bits and pieces of a first aid kit for the animals. Just picked up the Vetericyn Eye Wash today.

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  105. I have bits and pieces of a first aid kit for the animals-not unlike one for myself. :/ Just picked up the Vetericyn Eye Wash today.

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  106. I don't have a complete chicken first aid kit yet. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Your captcha "prove your not a robot" is impossible!

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  107. Wow I be blessed to have a complete first aid kit for my backyard free-range egg laying beauties
    Theresa

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  108. I'm working on one! I have one for the goats and am building functional first aid kit for the 'micro flock' I downloaded and saved you list of what should be in it, and am filling it up a bit at a time :)

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  109. No Full First Aid Kit yet but came across your site via facebook and have a better idea now what to put together. I do have metacam on hand (due to the fact I have parrots and have some things around for them). I have a few things like locking forceps, medical scissors, gauze, and some syringes (but small due to the fact I deal mostly in small birds).

    I do have 3 laying hens and was the person that continued to push for our local village to change its laws regarding keeping hens. (another started the battle but moved during the year and a half battle). Now village residents have the right to have laying hens :)

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  110. I honestly dont have a first aid kit and this would be amazing to win. I deal with neighbors injurred animals and my own so im always needed wound care supplies.

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  111. Honestly do not have a first aid kit but since i help with neighbors injurred animals and my own im always looking for and getting wound care supplies. So this would be amazing to win.

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  112. I don't have a full kit, just some stuff, like camo vet wrap I got at Tractor Supply, some electrolyte powder packs, multi-vitamin powder packs, popsicle sticks, & an anti-biotic powder.

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  113. I follow your blog and have a first aid kit for my birds and unfortunately have had to use it.

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  114. Ruthmary Hunt9/17/12, 8:25 PM

    We have a medicine chest for our American Giant Homer Pigeons but never thought of having one for our chickens..We will start putting one together soon...These meds would make a great addition to it...Love your information!!! Thanks!

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  115. I follow your blog and I have a chicken first aid kit and have unfortunately had to use it.

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  116. No first aid kit yet. Theresa Hennessey

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  117. Super idea!! I read your articles every time but have decided that i must get one, so hopefully I will be the winner!!!

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  118. Kathy, I do have a Chicken First Aid Kit! I wrote down everything you suggested, bought a spray bottle of Vetericyn, I did not see a gel spray. I have a few more things to purchase but I have a little time, chicks come next week, coop is @ 95%, could not have gotten this far without your help, experience and humor! Thank you.

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  119. Harry's Hens9/17/12, 8:41 PM

    We have a basic kit but these would really be great!

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  120. My kit is coming together but I haven't added any vetericyn! I know it should be one of the 1st things but it's so spendy at my local farm supply store. I've been meaning to order online but haven't gotten around to it yet. This kit has such value to it and I don't mean money wise! LexyLVT@yahoo.com alexis Henry, Chicken Well Eggs

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  121. i have a few of the items listed

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  122. I don't have a first aid kit for them but after the morning I've had I am in the process of getting a few things to have on hand. Thank you so much for writing back to me so quickly this morning. My two chicks are doing good and the third one hatched out! :) You can read about them on my blog

    www.ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com

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  123. I never thought about my babies needing a first aid kit. Thanks for the information and pictures. Guess I have some gathering to get to!

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  124. I do have a first aid kit, the only thing missing is Vetericyn!

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  125. I havent gotten a first aid kit made yet....I love ur page..it has some awesome information and tips...I would love 2 win this kit....thank u again : ) Sincerlly Brenda Smith

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  126. My husband and I have three chickens - 2 yrs old this May. Their names are Sweet Pea, Tulip and Lilly. They are such a joy to us and our entire family. Our grandchildren just love them and can hardly wait to gather eggs when they come home from school. We don't have a first aide kit per say. We have used epsom salts for injured toes as well as hydrogen peroxide. I'm very interested in your first aide kit. Thank you so much for all of your information.

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  127. I do not have a first aid kit for the chickens only....I have a few things, I can grab for any of the animals...but your first aid kit is WOWSA!!!!! I wish I had one like that!

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  128. Evening Debbie Chicken Chick (Debbie)!
    I apologize in advance if my posting shows up twice but I posted earlier and it never appeared *shrug*?

    anyway, thank you so much for this article! I had started on an emergency kit but you made me realize I need far more on hand "just in case" for my little flock (4)of rescued hens + plus a little 4 week old chick I let my "broody butt" hatch out.

    I also particularly like the suggestions on the "sick bays". I knew I needed a place "just in case" but you showed me several ideas I had not thought of! Thank you again and I hope I win the Vetericyn kit! I sure could use it as come spring, I plan to let the chicken "math" take over :)

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  129. I have not gotten a first aid kit yet either. Would love to win

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  130. Newbie since March of this year. Learning as I go. Love all the information you share with us. Needed a first aid kit last week...bumble foot. Wish I had it then. Definitely hoping to win but in case I dont, buying some from TSC.

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  131. I'm still working on putting together a Chicken First Aid Kit. Thanks for all the great ideas for what to have in one!

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  132. I am a bad chicken mom. I just got my girls and guy this past spring and I do not any kind of kit prepared! I know shame on me. I need to get something put together and this would really help me get started. My girlfriends dad uses Vetericyn on his cattle. By the way I absolutely love your blog and everything you do. You have really helped a new chicken mom out. Thanks

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  133. As of yet, I do not have a first aid kit for the. Hickens. I have had several instances where I needed one, but hubby and I made do with what was on hand. And we have a friend who has lots of experience with all kinds of critters so we call on him for advice and help.

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  134. Very interesting, I had no idea that there was so much to learn about chickens!

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  135. My six chicks and I are assembling our kit daily! We would LOVE this to complete us! Thank you and good luck to all! Jean

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  136. The chicks and I are assembling our first aid kit! We add to it daily, and would LOVE to win this! It would complete us! Thanks and good luck to all! Jean

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  137. Love this post---basic directions for anything are super helpful to me. I only have two chickens, so I'm wondering if there are smaller versions of everything so I can have it all on hand without breaking the bank? I'll have to check around. Thanks Chick'n Chick!

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  138. Where can one find the liquid calcium? 
    Thanks so much for this article!  I have MOST of this stuff collected!
    Tina
    tinathyme@yahoo.com

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  139. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:53 PM

    I buy mine online, Tina. Just do a Google search for it.

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  140. joely pentlow12/29/12, 5:18 PM

    Great info, thanks Kathy - moving from the UK to the USA, brands are different here and I was not sure what would replace my British hen first aid kit.  This has helped me greatly.  Just a few questions, if you don't mind?! 

    The triple anti biotic (without painkiller) is that a human cream?  
     If I get a wounded hen, would I spray it with Vectericyn and then put on the cream?  Can you also use a wound powder such as Wonder Powder (for horses).  Is the Iodine also for wounds? Thanks! Joely

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  141. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 10:30 PM

    The triple antibiotic IS a human ointment, commonly known by the brand name Neosporin.
    If you have Vetericyn on-hand, you don't need anything else at all.
    The povodine-iodine solution is used for cleaning wounds after diluting it with water.

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  142. Tracy Cronin1/26/13, 1:58 PM

    Thanks to all your great info I am on my way to being well prepared! (connected through Google)  :)

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  143. Ersula Steward1/26/13, 1:58 PM

    I follow you via GFC :D

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  144. I would LOVE to have Vetericyn in my first aid kit! I follow your blot via email (my2bordercollies@comcast.net) . I also "liked "Vetericyn on fb and mentioned you.

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  145. Is this where we comment where we are subscribed for the contest? I subscribed from email because I learned about this website from a website called ctchickens.com .

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  146. Julie Britton1/26/13, 2:06 PM

    You are always a wealth of valuable information.  I always check here first with any chicken questions.  Thanks!  I am receiving blog by email and I've liked  Vetericyn's  FB page.

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  147. I love everything "Chicken" and was so glad to have found your blog. My chickens are getting upgrades, thanks to your great idea's ! I follow your blog on Facebook. Thanks, Carol

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  148. We are rabbit breeders and will be adding laying hens and ducks to our efforts.  These products will help us get started.  We regularly use Vetericyn Ophthalmic Gel with some of our rabbits.

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  149. I am subscribed thru my e-mail.  Lots of good info on here!

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  150. nancykittykay1/26/13, 2:19 PM

    I read your blog everyday on facebook.  You have so much good information.  I have 10 chickens, just lost one this week.  I don't know if it was related to my heat lamp burning out during a cold night.  Anyway I have 3 Orpingtons, 4 Rhode Island Reds, and 3 Barred Rock.  Everybody else seems healthy.  Here in North Dakota a tight coop is a must.

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