I have a 4 week old Orpington with a nasty deep 1 inch long gash on the back of her neck. No Idea how she got it. I've checked, checked again and rechecked the brooder for nails/ sharp corners/ etc. I can only guess another chick did it. Anyway the other chicks seeing red pecked it bare and bloody/nasty in no time. I check my bird twice a day and didn't see it during the AM check. I removed the chick and isolated her till she gets better. It was suggested by a vet friend I hit it with some bl-kote. Antiseptic/anti fungal and will color it blue so the other chicks won't peck at it. So I did.... THEN I read the precautions... duh.. "do not use on animals intended for food". Did I just screw up ??? I don't plan to eat her but I do plan to eat her eggs in a few months. Why the precautions (what compound) and how long does it persist in the bird? On a side note the blu-kote did an AMAZING job of healing the wound. It scabbed over in less than 6 hours and has almost healed in 4 days.