It seems Fred the Golden Polish rooster is not at the top of our order and has been suffering a bit for it. We've known for some time that there was some pecking going on, but as winter came on and they started hanging out most of the day in the coop, the crown of his poor head has had most of the feathers pecked out and was bleeding in places.
A little research on De's part came up with a suggested solution of a product called Blu-Kote. It's a blue spray-on germicidal, fungicidal, wound protection antiseptic. We treated him and Wilma (our one Golden Polish hen who getting the same treatment) once, a couple of weeks ago but didn't get pics. Wilma is doing much better. Fred is doing some better, but still shows signs of being pecked. We re-treated Fred today and did take time for pictures.
The Blu-Kote not only protects the wound, but also puts a bad taste in the mouths of the offenders. Since we treated Fred's head he's been getting pecked at the base of his tail feathers so we treated that too. The treatment for that is under the feathers, so with nothing to see we chose not to take pics of a chicken's backside. After we treated Fred did see a Red Star shortly after with a blue beak.
|The crown of Fred's head with some signs of recent injury.|
|Fred's head treated with Blu-Kote.|