Last week I was dumb.
I left the gate open to the chicken run…in my defense it was “closed” just not locked…but the sneaky hens managed to swing it open and escape! And well, as you can tell from the title of this post – it resulted in me needing to use some natural chicken first aid…
Of course our beloved dog was out….he has pretty high prey drive…and well, if my husband wasn’t outside at the time to get him off the chicken, she wouldn’t have made it.
But he was there to save the day, and the chicken! She did have a couple wounds from the “encounter” and well, one of them was pretty bad.
So I quickly entered “vet tech” mode and started doing some chicken first aid.
Just like for our human family, using natural remedies are the first thing we go to. And this was no different.
For a natural chicken first aid ointment, we use an essential oil ointment that I keep on hand for my kids and my animals, called Correct X (you can order it HERE). If you want a simple DIY version, you can use this recipe instead. I’ve used both with great results.
TIP: Just make sure to have a separate tube just for animals! No human-animal cross contamination here!
Check out the video below to see me demonstrate how we use it on our wounded hens.
And if you are struggling with your “farm” dog not playing nice with your animals…well here’s a YouTube video I found helpful.
It’s long, but pretty thorough if you haven’t gotten a dog yet and want the right one for your homestead. If you need help correcting predatory behavior in your dog, skip to about the last 10 min of the video and he gives some helpful advice on that too. We’ll be taking his advice and ordering an e-collar to help correct Koda’s behavior so he can more peacefully co-exist with our flock moving forward.