can I use blue magic marker instead of Blu-Kote for comb?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by patandchickens, May 17, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    The chick (2 wks old) with the humongous comb development -- big and red -- is getting it a bit pecked by the others. Not terribly, but there are some scabs and 'dings' on it. I do have a red bulb in the lamps, but I thought that un-reddening the comb would help also, since I can't do anything about the color of the general light in the coop.

    Could I use a blue magic marker, either washable or permanent, and just 'doodle' on the comb, instead of using Blu-Kote or crankcase oil or the other standards? It would be a lot easier and I already have blue magic markers. If nobody replies by tonight I'll prolly just go ahead and do it, but this is peoples' chance to say "Oh my gosh for heaven's sake whatever you do, don't do that" or whatever [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance for opinions,

    Pat
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2008
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason for putting stuff on the bird to protect from pecking is to make it taste bad, the color isn't the problem. If you feel you need to do this, the blue kote works very well. Good luck!
     
  3. chcknrs

    chcknrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Color is a problem as chickens peck at red. I used a washable non-toxic marker on my chick that got pecked. Worked great. Someone else mixes blue food color with rubbing alcohol and said that works too!
     
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens will peck at anything that stands out to them, they will peck at blue too, guaranteed. They love to peck at the purple blue kote color until they taste if for the first time... This is why anti peck meds taste bad.
     

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