Our First Aid Kit for Prevention and Treatment for Common Health Issues!
Disclaimer: I'm not a vet, but this is what we have ready for common issues chickens face.
1. Coccidiosis - An internal parasite usually affecting chicks, commonly present in feces. Older chickens tend to build immunity over time.
Symptoms include: Mucus-like or bloody diarrhea, dehydration, anemia, listlessness/ lethargy, ruffled feathers, stunted growth, and death
However. Similar symptoms can be present due to other causes such as bacteria - which needs to be treated with antibiotics instead.
Best way to tell - Running Vet Tests.
Check out this blog for Avian Vets in Singapore.
Chicks being prone to it and other bacteria, are usually raised indoors for first 2-3 months, with no contact to outside soil. (Plenty of bacteria in soil)
Immunity tends to improve after 2 months of age, much like any baby.
For those who want to be more cautious, you can check out the medicated feeds:
Versele-Laga's Medicated Chick Feed 20KG
CORID/ Amprolium: (From Amazon, image is from seller)
We have these on standby for own usage, if you require it urgently, do message us.
Hot weather, cold weather.
Chickens can get bothered, dehydrated or lethargic from weather.
To supplement them, or boost their nutritional needs urgently, you can use the various multivitamins and electrolytes we carry or similar products.
Great for chicks and adults alike. Electrolytes can help especially on hot days, dehydration or diarrhea, to replenish essential salts. Much like 100 plus for humans!
We use Brinecombe Electrolytes, an extra concentrated and value option.
Multivitamins and Minerals:
There are various types of Multivitamins, we use them daily, but most feeds have sufficient amounts.
Liquid and powder/solid forms are common.
For Liquid Multivitamins, we carry Versele-Laga VitaVital which is great for day to day use, or Brinecombe Multivitamins, an extra concentrated option, usually used for farms.
As a day to day treat and supplement for solid forms, we add Versele-Laga MinaVital, which is a type of treat that contains vitamins, minerals along with other appetizing stuff.
3. External Wound Treatments
For most external wounds, they can be easily treated with F10.
F10 Disinfectant can be used to clean wounds after washing. Most Vets use it for surgeries and wound cleaning. Aside from that, you can use it to disinfect coops, bowls, etc without needing to wash off! Or a gentle alcohol free hand sanitizer.
F10 Antiseptic Ointment is what we use for wound dressing, before bandaging it if necessary. Now this is really great for any open wounds, killing germs, bacteria, fungi effectively.
We treated BumbleFoot using these 2 products! Check it out.
If your pet has fungi, wounds, or sensitive skin, you can also use F10 Shampoo.
4. Eye Issues
Sometimes, Chickens have swollen or irritated eyes due to varying reasons - from getting dirt to there or being pecked by other chickens.
Usually, saline that can be purchased easily from Guardian/Watsons (No bias there!) would help to relieve and treat the eye.
However, if it does not work, you will probably need antibiotic eyedrops from the vet.
We are not big fans of antibiotics, do use only as necessary so immunity won't build up.
They are sold at some Malaysian shops or online, but not easily bought off the counter here. Common ones for pets are Baytril.
Best to be prescribed by a Vet post testing.
6. Mites and Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth, which we recommend getting from DEnutrients.com as a guaranteed food grade choice. (They are on Lazada and Shopee too) DE is great to add as both a prevention and treatment measure for mites and bugs in coop. Mixing in shavings, applying to feathers or adding to soil are just several options. You can also add to feed to reduce grain mites and moisture!
You can check out SGPolishchicken's Guide To Using DE and purchase from her directly. We do not sell DE at the moment.
For Mites Prevention - We also often feed raw chopped garlic in their diets, sometimes with scrambled eggs as a treat.
As always, for all above issues, good husbandry, hygiene and diet is essential and will prevent most issues.
Check out our Guide To Cleaning Coops In 6 Easy Steps.
That's all for now folks!
We will add more products/treatments and prevention measures as we go along. :)