One of my Chooks was struggling with a soft egg and set upon by the others which left her with a nasty wound under her vent. After a few days of cleaning up with salt water etc, and remembering Gentian Violet from my childhood days of bringing neutered purple cats home from the vet - I decided to treat her with it and now she is walking tall again, not afraid of getting pecked!
(agree with the Purple hand comments.. wish had read the reviews before applying!!)
I used this after one of our chickens started losing feathers to another, leaving bald red patches.
It stains the sprayed area purple as well as acting as an antiseptic on any open wounds. The purple colour dissuades the other chickens from wanting to peck away at the sore area.
Within a few days of using it feathers had started to regrow and within a couple of weeks the chicken had fully recovered.
The only problem with this product is the awful applicator bottle it comes in. It's impossible to spray anything without it going all over your hands. If you haven't got gloves on you can expect at least a few days of purple hands!
My poor cat had a wound to foot and used gentian violet spray to help the healing - only problem was the noise the spray made when pumped out of the bottle - after two squirts cat ran off!
I'm not sure it was the right thing for the job. I am continuing with it but the hen's bare bottom isn't any better - though it is no worse either.
I got this as 3 of my chooks have had the feathers pulled out from their bottoms and it was starting to look rather red and raw. I sprayed this on them and it seemed to halt the pecking getting any worse. However my white sussex's now have very purple feathers all round their bums! Better this than bleeding wounds though. ( Do use gloves when applying as it will stain your skin for a few days)
This is good stuff and I would reccommend.
Bought some of this for red chicken bottoms after pecking. It disguised the redness and provided good coverage for antiseptic purposes so their poor bald botties didnt suffer any more.
You will need gloves as it squirts on your hands as well as the chicken!
Haven't had cause to use this product yet..Thankfully.As always delivery great.