Chicken Emergency Kits: Making Stressful Situations Less Intimidating!

Chicken Emergency Kits: Making Stressful Situations Less Intimidating!

It’s always a very good idea to create your own chicken emergency kit – and in this article, I’m going to give you ideas about what to keep in it.

 

While we all might like to think our chicken-keeping experience will be bucolic and without any trouble, the straight truth is you will likely come up against some sort of trouble at some point.

 

Mites, worms, cuts, or infections tend to rear their ugly head at the most inconvenient times (like when you plan to be out of town for a week – chickens have great timing like that) and having an emergency kit on hand will make a stressful situation easier.

 

The items in this article are just a suggestion – you can add or subtract or include your own items as you find what works for your particular backyard chicken flock.

 

There’s also links where you can buy these items directly from Amazon, so you have them on hand.

What should you add in the chicken emergency kit?

 

The first thing you may want to purchase is a plastic container that also has a cover, like this one. You will want to clearly mark it (write “Chicken Emergency Kit” on it with a marker, for example) so you can easily locate it, and your family doesn’t raid it for supplies for other projects.

Once you have the plastic container ready, you will have to think about the items to include.

Here’s some that are easy to source and can save your butt (and possibly your hen’s life):

 

Nutri drench

Click here to get it on Amazon

This is powdered electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that you mix with water. You can offer it to your chicken when they’re hurt to keep them hydrated and healthy enough to combat their illness or trauma. If they’re stressed and in pain, they’re less likely to eat and drink. Very important!

 

Saline solution

Click here to get it on Amazon

If your chicken has dust or dirt in her eyes or an open wound, saline solution will help you flush it clean.

 

Triple antibiotic ointment or natural alternative

Click here to get antibiotic ointment on Amazon

Click here to get a natural alternative on Amazon

If your chicken get an open wound, you will need to put something on it after flushing it clean. If you use over-the-counter drugs with your flock then triple antibiotic ointment is great, or a natural alternative if you’re raising them 100% natural.

 

Blu-Kote

Click here to buy it on Amazon

Another topical antiseptic alternative. I don’t personally use it, but a lot of people like Blu-Kote because it’s blue, and deters other chickens from picking at open wounds. (However, if you use an all-natural thick salve, you will have the same effect)

 

Pure organic honey

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(Check the label that there’s ONLY honey in it – no corn syrup or other additives). Honey is great for wounds, especially if the sores are wet and gooey. It can be hard to put salve or ointments on wet wounds, and honey has natural antibacterial qualities and gets into tiny crevices to battle bacteria.

 

Poultry VetRX

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This is based on an all-natural formula that’s been around since the 19th century. It’s particularly great for colds or upper-respiratory infections, and can come in handy for eye worms, scaly legs as well. Ingredients include Canada balsam, camphor, oil origanum, oil rosemary, all blended in a corn oil base.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

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Just keep a small bag around for emergencies. It’s great for scaly leg mites, but be sure to apply it on a windy day or at least in a breezy area so neither you nor your chicken inhale it. Food-grade only!

 

Coconut oil

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If you plant to use essential oils to support a healthy hen, then you can dilute it in the oil. Also great for adding moisture to excessively dry skin.

 

Heat lamp or heating pad

Click here to buy a heat lamp on Amazon

Click here to buy a heating pad on Amazon

Even if your chicken isn’t a chick, when they’re sick, keeping them warm is a good idea, as long as the ambient temperature in the room isn’t too hot. Also be sure to give them an area to get out of the heat, if your chicken wants to.

 

Penicillin or Tylan 50

It’s best to get this through a vet or from your local feed store

If you’re using Western medicine to treat your flock then having injectible antibiotics on hand is a good idea. Check with a poultry vet for the correct dosage.

 

Probiotics

Click here to buy it on Amazon

If you have a sick or injured chicken, giving them probiotics will help ensure their body has good gut health to help them heal (it won’t heal a broken leg, for example, but it WILL ensure your chicken has good gut health to maintain SOME standard of health – a wonky gut will only make healing more difficult).

 

Some standard chicken emergency kit items also include:

 

  • Gauze pads
  • A first aid tape
  • Cotton swabs
  • Wooden popsicle sticks to act as a splint for legs or wings
  • Syringes for dosing or helping a hen stay hydrated – Click here to buy syringes on Amazon

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a chicken emergency kit created yet? What do you keep in yours? Leave a comment below!

5 (Realistic) Ways To Use Raw Organic Coconut Oil Around Your House Today (You’ll Love #3!)

5 (Realistic) Ways To Use Raw Organic Coconut Oil Around Your House Today (You’ll Love #3!)

You’ve probably been hearing the buzz about raw organic coconut oil a lot, and how it’s the new superfood.

coconut oil

 

But you might be wondering what the heck this creamy white stuff is, whether it’s a new fad, and how you can add it to your daily life (and do you even have the time)?

 

Here’s the deal:

 

In my daily life, I mostly use organic coconut oil in cooking and on my body. I use it in soaps (it’s a great base ingredient for goat milk soap), as lip balm in the oil’s pure state, and as a base in salves.

 

In fact, it works better than any other lip balm I’ve tried, and I depended on it over winter.

 

It’s one of those small things that, because it’s so aromatic and flavorful, seems like an indulgence even though it’s pretty frugal.

 

I see it as a way to bring a little luxury into my home. The fact that it lends a subtle hint of its flavor to meals doesn’t hurt.

 

I’ve even gotten my husband, who normally steers clear of anything coconut, to use it – ask for it in fact – when he’s cooking.

 

(And that’s pretty darn special.)

 

I’ve done the research about coconut oil for you, so you can start incorporating it into your life. 

 

I tell you why its special, how to use it, and exactly where to get raw coconut oil – making it a snap for you to try. (Hint: You can snag it at Amazon)

 

There’s also a couple recipes to get you started in the kitchen and in the bathroom (see how easy it is?)

coconut oil

 

So why is raw organic coconut getting all this attention?

 

Some background:

 

Although certain cultures have known about coconut’s benefits for centuries, it seems we’re just catching up with how powerful this natural ingredient is.

 

Studies show that cultures that eat a lot of raw coconut post longer lives – so you can imagine that’s where a lot of this attention is coming from.

 

Organic coconut seems to have a lot of healing properties as well, and in this antimicrobal resistance-filled world, that’s something pretty important.

 

In one study, which was performed because of the increasing occurrence of antimicrobial resistance, raw coconut oil seemed to work as an effective fungicide against resistant Candida organisms.

 

That’s pretty powerful.

 

coconut oil

Okay, so why does it need to be raw and organic?

 

It doesn’t NEED to be be raw and organic, but why not go as natural as possible as long as it’s sustainably sourced and within the budget? 

 

Since coconut oil, in its natural state, is being studied because of it’s healing and health properties, it makes sense, to me, to use it in it’s raw state since if you adulterate it, it dilutes the oil’s power –> the reason I bought it in the first place.

 

5 Ways To Use Raw, Organic Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking (although it’s excellent for that). There’s other ways to incorporate it into your every day for a more natural, healthy life.

 

Here’s 5 ways we use it in our house:

 

1. Use instead of butter or oil

 

coconut oil cooking

 

This is probably the simplest and fastest way to incorporate raw, organic coconut oil into your life.

 

Any recipe that calls for butter or oil, just swap an equal amount of coconut oil.

 

It has a high smoke point – a benefit because when sauteeing, you don’t always want those burned bits that occur when you run out of oil before everything’s cooked (then you have to add more oil and the whole thing gets greasy, etc.)

 

It also adds a great coconut flavor. You don’t need to use a lot – a tablespoon or less will do great. 

 

I love to use it in coconut curries – in fact, there’s a recipe at the end of this post for a great coconut curry sauce you can use with any meat. 
If you’re vegetarian, why not try this Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry?

 

You can use it when baking too, and it imparts a light flavor. Try raw coconut oil in muffins, for an easy, moist baked good to try!

 

2. To season cast iron

 

cast iron

Anything cast iron should always have a very thin coating of oil on it to keep the metal conditioned and in good repair.

 

You can use any oil, but coconut oil, which spreads easily, isn’t greasy, and doesn’t leave sticky residue, is perfect for seasoning cast iron.

 

After you wash your cast iron, just rub a thin layer of raw, organic coconut oil on it, making sure to hit every area.

 

If your cast iron has been damaged and is rusty, raw coconut oil can recondition it after you’ve scraped off all the rust.

 

3. Reduces itching from bug bites

 

You can use coconut oil to reduce itching in bug bites. I didn’t believe it would work until I tried it myself, and I’ll confess, it really does work.

 

On a farm in the South, it’s a fact of life that you’ll have mosquitoes.

 

In the summer, I’m a feast for mosquitoes, and it can get miserable, especially if they bite my feet. 

 

Slap on a little coconut oil – you need only about 1/8th of a teaspoon per bite – and the itching stops almost instantly.

 

4. Essential oil carrier

essential oils

 

Some essential oils can be so potent that you need to dilute them so you don’t burn yourself – oregano oil for example (which has been shown to have excellent antimicrobal properties as well).

 

Other essential oils require a carrier oil so they can be spread more effectively. 

 

This is where coconut oil comes in – it’s one of the best essential oil carriers out there.

 

5. It’s one of the best moisturizers out there

This is one of my favorite ways to use organic coconut oil. It’s not greasy, and spreads easily.

 

You can use 1/2 a teaspoon and use it like lotion – because it’s an oil, it acts as a natural barrier, keeping my body’s natural oils in.

 

Another option is to create a body butter from it – check out my tutorial that uses raw, organic coconut oil and lavender here.

 

I use it before I wash dishes, for example, because it keeps the water from drying my hands out.

 

It works on your body and your face, and it naturally has an SPF 4, so raw coconut oil offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.

 

Where to buy

You can buy coconut oil at pretty much any grocery store – even the small store in our town sells it, as does Walmart.

 

But I’ll tell you:

 

All raw organic coconut oils aren’t the same.

 

I really recommend getting your coconut oil from Thrive Market – that’s where I get mine. The quality is excellent, and it’s sustainably cultivated and is from a fair trade source.

 

If you don’t have a Thrive membership, you can still score some at Amazon, and there are several good options.

 

Now that you know the different ways to incorporate raw organic coconut oil into your life, here’s what I want you to do – leave a short comment below telling me your favorite way to use coconut oil, or how you plan to try it!