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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, Sep 18, 2011.
Will get a beakful of pine tar. Hope they enjoy!
does that work? I stopped keeping polish because they were always bloody from being pecked... poor things couldn't see their attackers coming!
I dare em, I double dog dare em. I am so over them pecking at his crest.
Quote:Pine tar works wonders IMO, much better than blu-kote and the like. You just have to be cautious about getting it too close to their eyes. Messy, stinky, but very effective.
I feel your pain!! I have 5 polishes and almost all of them are now missing just about all of the tail feathers and one has a big spot on the top of its head (yesterday) that they pecked. I feel so bad for all of them. It's like just because they have the cool feathers, the others pick on them. It is driving me crazy!! I have an isolation dog kennel that has now become a permanent fixture in the coop to keep the most wounded in until it heals. Right now there are 2 in there. I almost feel like I need to build a coop just for them so they don't have to endure the torture any longer. I had a buff laced one that I had to bathe and blow dry last week because after being in the kennel a week, the others decided what a great place to roost and pooped all over her. My husband came home from work to me and both of our girls sitting in the bathroom floor with a chicken perched on my knee getting blow dried. He got a funny look on his face and just said "REALLY!?" then started to laugh and said "I told you we are getting closer and closer to the dream I had where you had chickens in our bed sleeping with us."
Pine tar has anti-microbial and antiseptic properties so it helps heal while it protects them from more pecking.
but doesn't the pine tar spoil their lovely 'Do's?
ok, maybe still needs to be done because of the infection factor, but what's the point of Polish without thier hats?
Quote:It wears off eventually, but carefully applied it doesn't look any worse than them being bloody. Chickens don't usually forget things that taste yucky, so you don't have to use it indefinitely.
Pine tar - the new chicken crest gel.
You'll make millions Gritty