Are You Prepared for a Chicken Emergency?

| 10/12/2020 9:28:00 AM

 backyard chickens foraging

You’re outside, pulling weeds in the garden and your hand brushes up against a squash plant.  The prickly little spikes from around the squash plant are now all in your fingers.  Most of them can be dusted off on your jeans, but a couple are stubborn and will need to be pulled out with tweezers.  You go inside, grab some tweezers and the hydrogen peroxide, clean it up and get the spikes out.

It’s expected that we have our own first aid supplies in our homes.  When we get minor cuts, bumps and bruises, we can take care of them without going to the local doctor’s office.  Isn’t it funny though that most chicken-owners don’t have the necessary supplies to safely treat the same minor cuts, bumps and bruises for their chickens?

Why You Need to Prepare for an Emergency with your Chickens

The old saying that chickens aren’t very smart is true to a certain extent.  Chickens tend to be more intelligent than we give them credit for (no, they won’t really drown outside in the rain), but they are livestock and if there’s a way for them to get hurt, they will usually find it and, well, get hurt.

Unfortunately for us as chicken owners, chickens don’t like to let us know that they are sick or hurting until they are really sick or hurting.  There’s a reason for that though.  Chickens are prey animals.  In the wild, prey animals are picked off by predators.  Predators will go after the injured, sick or old animals because they are easier to catch and less work for the predator.  Chickens that are injured or sick will hide their sickness or injury as long as they can to prevent themselves from looking like the easy target.  When you see a chicken that obviously doesn’t feel good, it usually means that the chicken is pretty bad off.

Once you notice that your chicken is either sick or hurt, you may not have a long period of time to get it the care that it needs.  You may not have time to run to the farm supply store for medical supplies.  You really may not have time to order the supplies online and wait for them to ship to you.  For many people, taking chickens to the vet isn’t an option.  A simple vet office visit fee can be nearly $100.  Even if you’re willing to pay to take them to the vet, there may not be a vet clinic near you that treats chickens. 

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