Blu-Kote Warning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Anianna, May 24, 2011.

  1. Anianna

    Anianna Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    I have noticed that a lot of people use or recommend Blu-Kote for chicken care, but I would not recommend it for use on chickens. Like cats, chickens pick and preen at themselves and there is no way to stop them. Also, the warnings for Blu-Kote specifically state not to use it on food producing animals. Please be aware of these things before you choose whether or not to use Blu-Kote on your chickens.

    Dr. Naylor Blu-Kote Caution(s)
    For external veterinary use only. In case of serious burns, deep or puncture wounds, or if redness, irritation or swelling persists or increases, discontinue use and consult a veterinarian. Keep away from the eyes, mouth, nostrils, and mucous membranes. Do not spray in the eyes. Do not inhale. Do not use on cats. Prevent dogs from licking the treated area.

    For animal use only.

    Keep from the reach of children.

    Use only as directed.
    Not for use on food producing animals.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I wonder which ingredient is the reason for this warning.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Gentian violet.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Last edited: May 24, 2011
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  5. Anianna

    Anianna Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    Gentian violet is probably not the issue. It is commonly used in dentistry, so probably is not an ingestion concern at least is small doses. I know that acriflavine is harmful if inhaled and could be the culprit of the ingestion warnings. I don't really know for sure, but I did want my fellow BYCers to be aware of the label warnings to make an educated decision rather than simply using it without knowing.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Indeed, thank you!! [​IMG]
  7. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Songster

    Apr 19, 2011
    Gentian violet can be used to treat thrush in babies mouths. I wouldn't worry about it.
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  8. Anianna

    Anianna Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    Bumping this so the evening crowd gets the info.
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    I would not use Blu-Kote for punctures nor burns. However, like all off label products that we use on our chickens including Blu-Kote, common sense regarding proper usages/dosages should take precedence. I use Blu-Kote for minor scrapes, scratches and small cuts as well as for hiding blood so that the injured chicken wont get picked/pecked on for said injuries by the others.
    Most likely why you dont use Blu-Kote on punctures and burns is because of the isopropyl alcohol which would cause stinging/burning. But it's main purpose is used as a quick drying agent in the product.
  10. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    Maybe it's not to be used in food producing animals because it stains them blue? I bet a chicken with blue/purple skin won't make it past USDA grading... Blue ham and eggs? [​IMG]

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