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I've read loads on here and elsewhere online about using purple spray on hens if they have a cut, so when I got my feed this weekend I picked up a bottle.

 

The lady in the shop looked at me as if I was mental when I said it was for my chooks, and said that it was the worst thing I could use as all the other girls will think "Oooo what's this then?" and peck away at the other girl who it is on :(

 

Now I would have completely poo pooed this was it not for the fact that the place I get my feed has dozens of free ranging hens and guinea fowl, so I would have thought she knew what she was talking about. She said the best thing to use was neat washing up liquid, but surely that's going to irritate the hell out of an already sore area?

 

One of my girls has a dirty bottom (she came to us like that but we've not wanted to stress her out by trying to clean it for the first week we've had her), so I gave it a clean this evening and noticed a small raw circle of broken skin just under her wing. I've used savlon spray on it for the time being as I'm wary of the purple spray now.

 

I don't currently have anywhere I can separate her so my only choice is to have her in the run with the others. It's not in a noticeable place unless she lifts her wings, and it looks how a graze that's a few hours old would rather than openly bleeding. She's my favorite girl but is the littlest of all of them. I'm completely conflicted on what to use now :-/

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I have always used purple spray on wounds to mask redness and sterilise the wound, it has always worked for my girls.

 

Washing up liquid will not mask redness.

 

I have never herd a word against purple spray before, the only negative is that I end up with more spray on myself than on the chicken

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Washing up liquid has a very high salt content Pottage. So I think you are quite right that it will sting like hell and just make it worse. I don't think this person knows as much about chickens as you give credit for. Anyone can have chickens and guinea fowl running about. That is no indication of their level of knowledge.

 

We have used Gentian Violet for treatment many times. It has antiseptic and anti fungal properties.

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Same here.

 

Chickens are largely colour blind - they see colour in a muted, twilight sort of fashion. The only colour they can see with any clarity is red, mainly because they are designed to feed on small insects and mammals in the wild.

 

Purple spray (used to be Gentian Violet) is fine and works very well to disinfect and disguise bleeding; it's an old farm remedy, and is commonly used on lamb navels after birth, and shearing cuts.

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Purple spray every time for me..... I can only echo what everybody else has said....

It's always worked for me, I do tend to end up with purple fingers for a while and the chook in question will have purple feathers for a good while but this has never caused a problem in my experience.

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I have to say that on a cleaned wound that is not bleeding purple spray is brilliant but it does stop you from

monitoring it to see if is is healing and not infected.

I have just rehabilitated a chicken with a server head wound that had been sprayed with purple spray. I couldn't

see the damage until i had washed it a few times (pecked tot he skull), fortunately it was a friendly chicken and

now lives with us. :lol:

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I have to disagree dog mother, they can see bright green. That's the colour of my watering can and my girls love it :lol:

 

Big fan of purple spray. Used to have horses, was constantly getting covered in it. It's not bright so the other chooks won't be attracted to it. Utter hogwash !

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Purple spray has been amazing for me in the past - especially as I had an issue with bullying some years ago.

As for when it comes off - eventually? I seem to remember a bit rubbed off but there was some feint staining to one of my chicken's feathers until she moulted. 

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The thing about chickens not being able to see in colour or only see red is complete rubbish. They have the same colour receptors in their eyes that we do, and a couple of others that are theorised to allow them to see in an infra-red/violet spectrum and detect movement - which is what allows them to detect insects and grubs etc. Chickens can actually see more colours and shades than we can! There's some articles about it here: https://www.livescience.com/8099-chickens-color-humans.html and here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100216101159.htm - if anyone is interested.

That being said, if one of the girls gets bullied and ends up with a bald patch, I treat it with purple spray and anti-peck until the patch heals and new feathers come in. No idea which one has the most impact, but it seems to work.

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Purple spray doesn't stop pecking, it just acts as an antiseptic and disguises the colour of blood to prevent the other birds being drawn to it. There are lots of anti-pecking sprays on the market, all with similar ingredients. I've found that the best solution is to isolate the bully, and pop a bumpa bit on her before introducing her again.

 

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On 7/19/2021 at 3:23 AM, Jason Rowe said:

Is the purple spray ok to use on a prolapsed vent before I try to poke it back in with a water based lubricant?

Have you performed this procedure before ? I’ve done it on a quail, but wouldn’t fancy doing it on a chook. I suppose purple spray is a good disinfectant, but if you’re wearing gloves, that should be adequate. Plus a clean of the area with cooled boiled water

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