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Well I caved and finally put Pin Tar on my Light Brahma rooster.  He is so mild he lets everyone pick his feathers out.  ATM he is molting so his neck is naked, butt is naked, under his wings are naked.  I removed the RIR because they broke skin on him in two areas.  I'm not sure if I will be keeping them though. They always attack and have broken skin on several of my chickens.

 

So back to my rooster. He is globed up in pin tar.  I'm wondering if it will make him sick as it is on his neck, under his wings and also all over his butt.  His feathers are starting to come in but I had to put it on him because he would just sit there and let the other chickens pull his feathers out.

 

Anyone know if it can make him sick?

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Have you tried Nustock Cream? It has pine oil and sulfur, and it is a thick beige cream that tastes bad to the peckers, but it is used to heal a lot of skin issues. Many feed stores carry it, but here is a link for it:  http://www.amazon.com/Duvet-Durvet-Nu-Stock-Ointment-12-Ounce/dp/B00MI0617G

 

You can also make it yourself since the ingredients are pine oil extract 2%, mineral oil 25%, and sulfur powder 73%. 


Edited by Eggcessive - 9/28/15 at 11:21am
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Have you tried Nustock Cream? It has pine oil and sulfur, and it is a thick beige cream that tastes bad to the peckers, but it is used to heal a lot of skin issues. Many feed stores carry it, but here is a link for it:  http://www.amazon.com/Duvet-Durvet-Nu-Stock-Ointment-12-Ounce/dp/B00MI0617G

 

You can also make it yourself since the ingredients are pine oil extract 2%, mineral oil 25%, and sulfur powder 73%.

I've never heard of it.  Did you have success with it?

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Yes, many people use it on their animals since it is a natural product. It's fairly inexpensive especially if you find it locally. Southern States Co-op and some of the local farm store carry it. You can also get the ingredients and make a ton of it yourself. Pine oil is available online, and the other ingredients are usually found locally. It is very good at masking red skin to prevent pecking, but is also helpful in healing, and has antifungal properties. Many remove it from the tube, and put it in a jar since it sometimes gets stuck in the tube. Here you can also thin it down if it is too thick. Here is a good link to read about it:  http://www.herbalhealer.com/nustock.html


Edited by Eggcessive - 9/29/15 at 11:17am
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Pine tar has been used to prevent pecking  in chickens for decades, but can be messy, and is a known cancer-causing agent. Many oldtimers used it, and here is some reading about pine tar, also known as stockholm tar:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_tar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_HSO8tV0EE

https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1095/2902-1095_pdf.pdf

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How has it been shown to cause cancer, and how extreme was the testing? I see a note on Wikipedia that pine tar may contain creosote if made in an open kiln, and that creosote causes cancerous lesions in rats when painted onto their skin for several weeks.
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Pine tar has been used to prevent pecking  in chickens for decades, but can be messy, and is a known cancer-causing agent. Many oldtimers used it, and here is some reading about pine tar, also known as stockholm tar:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_tar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_HSO8tV0EE
https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1095/2902-1095_pdf.pdf
This is from the pine tar companys (Bickman) website regarding creosote.

Q: Does Pine Tar contain Creosote?

A: We cannot guarantee that our Pine Tar is creosote free because creosote is an inherent part of the process of making pine tar. Our pine tar is produced in closed tanks, not kilns and is made from a blended product of a variety of different pines. Our pine tar is veterinary grade and is made to be used on horse’s hooves. We do not recommend our Pine Tar for any type of human use, including soap making.)
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