Poultry Protector.. stops chicks from pecking eachother??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AlotaBitCountry, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. AlotaBitCountry

    AlotaBitCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    i went to the tractor supply store and asked about the purple stuff they had sprayed on their chicks to keep them from pecking eachother... she told me it was poultry protector, so i got some and used some.. is this really going to help them stop pecking at eachother? the bottle says mostly that its just to prevent mites and lice and such and keep the coop sanitary, it doesnt say anything about stopping chicks from pecking one another...

    any thoughts?
     
  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    You were looking for blukote - comes in a spray can and goes on purple. It does not prevent pecking but if one of your birds has an injury, it will disguise the red so the others don't peck it. I've tried Rooster Booster Peck-No-More to try to discourage general pecking and found it to be ineffective - but I've seen others here who like it! I have never heard of using Poultry Protector to prevent pecking.
     
  3. AlotaBitCountry

    AlotaBitCountry Out Of The Brooder

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    yea the lady at the store was trying to tell me that this poultry protector was that purple stuff and when i got home, it was deffinately not purple.. but thanks for the real name!! ill keep that in mind.. luckily all 6 are now together and dont bother eachother much except an occasional single peck or something.

    can you put the blukote on like a wound such as a nail that broke off and is bleeding?
    one of my chicks must have smushed her toenail and it was bleeding and the others were trying to get it so i had to seperate her til it scabbed over.. just wondering if its safe for more open wounds that may have been bleeding or something
     
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Blukote is an antiseptic spray so yes, it's good for any wound - kinda like putting Bactine on a cut. It won't stop the bleeding if that's what you're asking.
     
  5. FiascoFarmer

    FiascoFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Our experience was a Winter of picking and bleeding... We tried Bluecote (the purple stuff) with very limited success. It fixed a couple of the many chickens we had that were affected. We then moved on to blinders... also with very limited success. Some more chickens got better and it seemed to help lower the instances of "bloody butt", but we still had 6 - 8 effected. My last resort I found was debeaking... I did not like doing this one bit!!! I was, however, at my wits end and ready to cull out a bunch of bird. This again had limited success... We got to a point where we only had 3-4 with raw bums... I then studied the bird looking for "The Pickers". I began to catch them and band their legs to identify the "Problem Birds". I had 5 birds that were the culprits! I had one of them that was REALLY BAD! I kept catching the same one and double banded her legs. I then remembered that when you introduce a new chicken to an existing flock that they would immediately become the bird on the totem pole, so to speak. So I took the worst girl and stuck in our "Pet/Mutt" flock... She got her but kicked by the girls in there! She spent weeks as the odd man(girl) out. Now back in the laying flock bums began healing and there was very limited picking happening. I continued to watch and found one more hen that picked more that the others, so I suck here in with our Easter Egger flock... Same exact story.

    Now our Laying flock has no more bloody bums and from what I can tell, are not being picked anymore. Now because this took soooooooo long to find a resolution.. some of the girls are bald and are not showing any sign of the feathers coming back. Maybe when they have their first molt...? not sure.

    Sorry for the long post, but I want to give you the whole story. Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions on our details.
     

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