Well, the whole Pick-No-More/Blu-Kote conversation turned out to be particularly relevant for me. Came home this afternoon, let the little ones out of the tractor, and found this on Sweetie's neck (she had another smaller gash on the other side of her neck the day before that I thought was just an accident, but this was deeper and more serious, regardless of whether it started as a pecking injury):
I had both Blu-Kote and Pick-No-More on hand, so I put her down and was about to go get it, and within a minute of putting her down saw one of the obnoxious little New Hampshire cockerels go after her (and had her running). So I switched gears, and within 10 minutes, had all the little jerks separated out. They all have names now too, but I can't share them without getting in trouble for using profanity on BYC...
So, then I went to go get Vetericyn and Blu-Kote to treat the wound (turns out I had bought some Blu-Kote, so I thought I'd try it this time). I cleaned the wound with Vetericyn spray, pulled the feather fuzz out of it, then put on Blu-Kote - that applicator is a big mess! So I sort of overdid it and her whole lower neck and shoulder was purple. Put her down, and I noted two Naked Necks (a cockerel and a pullet) that had NOT been bothering her before start to peck curiously at it, like "it's purple - how interesting". So I immediately went and got the Pick-No-More and slathered that on top. That worked. I know it's an "n" of one, but she preened a bit at the feathers that got purple stuff on them after both applications, and it was pretty clear that the Pick-No-More tasted much, much worse to her (poor baby). I also think Neo pecked a little at her (she's near bottom of the pecking order, but he may be turning out to be a bit of a jerk as well) - he was rubbing his beak on the ground like "Yuk!"
I am hoping to be able to have her heal in the flock, rather than remove her and then have to reintegrate her (and risk more injury...)
(I spent most of the rest of the time before dark getting the food, water, and tarp set up for the New Hampshires - I'll have to figure out something else eventually, though...)
Sooooo..... I'm preferring the Pick-No-More.
- Ant Farm