Cornish X being pecked sore

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mikey D, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Mikey D

    Mikey D Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    Apache Junction AZ

    I'm 4 weeks into my new chicken adventure and Have a Cornish X that has been pecked by the others (non Cornish) until it's tail is bleeding. The Cornish is not fully feathered (maybe 85%) and there are no other issues with the chickens otherwise.

    The nice folks in the AZ thread recommended Blue-kote but when my wife went to the feed store they talked her out of that and into pine tar.

    The pine tar has all sorts of warnings about not being for humans and don't eat it as it's poisonous etc...

    They also said the picked on one must be separated from the rest.

    I only have 8 chickens and separating would be difficult (not impossible). Also as it is Sunday the feed store is closed. Do you have any suggestions?


  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    I send the advice, blukote, and either seperation of larger area.

    You will probably find it is one bird doing the damage.

    Good luck.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Technically, blukote also has warnings about how not to use on food animals and so on...

    Pine tar should work and separation is best really. Chicks are absolutely drawn to anything looking like blood or something to eat... including each other and any sores. You could also put a divider in the pen for separation.

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