Blue Kote for bald spot on head (result of bullying)?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by stretchc1, May 23, 2010.

  1. stretchc1

    stretchc1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    My 1 year old black Australorp is at the bottom of the peck order (5 hens total; no roosters). Today, I noticed that she is missing a pea-sized patch of feathers on her head, not too far behind her eye. It's not bleeding, only bald.

    Should I put blue kote or something else on there to discourage the other hens from pecking her in that spot? Up until now, I haven't noticed much squabbling or nastiness--mostly just chasing. But I'm worried that this will escalate.

    Any thoughts appreciated!
     
  2. Misssc

    Misssc Out Of The Brooder

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    I do not know much about blue kote (I've never had to use it on my birds), but be sure that whatever you decide to use does not alter the color of her head. If the feathers on her head have a noticeably different color the other birds will think she is a "new" bird and will likely treat her as such.
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only use the blu-kote on red spots. If she's just a bit bald she probably doesn't need the antiseptic or to have the red color covered to prevent further pecking. It might help to hang a cabbage or put a flock block in with your chooks so they have something else to peck at besides the low ranking hen.
     

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