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Fowl Pox...new chicken owner

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We got our first chicken about 2.5 months ago. We now have 4. All have been doing great...and two of them lay daily. A few days ago, I noticed sores on the first hen. She has gotten more in the last few days. She is still laying every day. Then yesterday I noticed a second hen was starting with them. She hasn't laid an egg in several days which is unlike her. From researching online, there is no treatment, but what can I do for them? I feel awful just not doing anything? I would be greatful for any tips or any forum threads.
Thanks in advance
Rebecca

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Mine have the same. I'm new, so I researched different sources. I read there wasn't much to do,it will run it's course in about 2 weeks. Mine are looking better, laying better. Mine kept eating/drinking normally.I didn't vaccinate mine, but I will any new ones. I'm sure someone here can help more.
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:frowHi! Sorry you are having trouble. It's great that you researched. There isn't a lot you can do. With a small flock, if it is dry pox, it should run it's course fairly quickly. Don't disturb the scabs. You can decrease the viral load by daily cleaning and bedding changes. If you notice decreased appetite or activity you could add vitamin electrolyte to their water and offer scrambled eggs, yogurt, etc.. I would close your flock for at least a couple months (nobody in or out) and until all symptoms are gone for 30 days before adding any new chickens. Prior to adding new chickens, I also would thoroughly disinfect the coop with a 1/10 bleach solution and discard all bedding. Nothing can be done for a run area other than time, heat and sunlight.  

Mosquitoes are carriers, so vector control is helpful. Best of luck to you both!

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Originally Posted by Mutt Farm View Post

frow.gif Hi! Sorry you are having trouble. It's great that you researched. There isn't a lot you can do. With a small flock, if it is dry pox, it should run it's course fairly quickly. Don't disturb the scabs. You can decrease the viral load by daily cleaning and bedding changes. If you notice decreased appetite or activity you could add vitamin electrolyte to their water and offer scrambled eggs, yogurt, etc.. I would close your flock for at least a couple months (nobody in or out) and until all symptoms are gone for 30 days before adding any new chickens. Prior to adding new chickens, I also would thoroughly disinfect the coop with a 1/10 bleach solution and discard all bedding. Nothing can be done for a run area other than time, heat and sunlight.  
Mosquitoes are carriers, so vector control is helpful. Best of luck to you both!
I see this is your first post? Please post in New Member Introductions so we can give you a proper welcome! http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/44/new-member-introductions

Thank you. My coop is like the small ones you see at Tractor Supply in the Spring. I only have 5 chickens. I bought a separate coop to place on the opposite side of my yard. I was wanting to add 3-4 chickens in that coop as well. After cleaning both coops thoroughly(newest one was used).

Would that be sufficient?-or do I still need to wait months? I figured 1-month. They're almost cleared of spots.
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Thank you. My coop is like the small ones you see at Tractor Supply in the Spring. I only have 5 chickens. I bought a separate coop to place on the opposite side of my yard. I was wanting to add 3-4 chickens in that coop as well. After cleaning both coops thoroughly(newest one was used).

Would that be sufficient?-or do I still need to wait months? I figured 1-month. They're almost cleared of spots.

For absolute best practice, unless you add vaccinated pullets, I would wait at least 30 days after the last lesion has cleared. I'd wonder where your hens contracted it, if you have carrier mosquitoes, it may be a gift that keeps on giving. :( 

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Thank you! So I should not do anything at all with the scabs/sores? I saw a few resources said try iodine? They all still have great appetites. They won't let me get in their mouths, but since they are eating and drinking, I wasn't overly concerned. I just hate to see them like that sad.png
We have no plans to add any more...any time soon.
Since they are eating, should I still consider adding supplements to their water?
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Thank you! So I should not do anything at all with the scabs/sores? I saw a few resources said try iodine? They all still have great appetites. They won't let me get in their mouths, but since they are eating and drinking, I wasn't overly concerned. I just hate to see them like that sad.png
We have no plans to add any more...any time soon.
Since they are eating, should I still consider adding supplements to their water?

Sure. You can dab them with iodine to help dry them. Don't pick at the scabs. i don't think you need to add anything if they are acting normally. Good quality food, clean water and keep an eye. You've got this. :highfive:

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Thank you! So I should not do anything at all with the scabs/sores? I saw a few resources said try iodine? They all still have great appetites. They won't let me get in their mouths, but since they are eating and drinking, I wasn't overly concerned. I just hate to see them like that sad.png
We have no plans to add any more...any time soon.
Since they are eating, should I still consider adding supplements to their water?

I saw that too. I bought some iodine, but haven't used it.
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Originally Posted by Mutt Farm View Post

For absolute best practice, unless you add vaccinated pullets, I would wait at least 30 days after the last lesion has cleared. I'd wonder where your hens contracted it, if you have carrier mosquitoes, it may be a gift that keeps on giving. sad.png  

That's my guess. I got all my chickens from the feed store. I read there's no point in vaccinating them now, but figure any new ones I get will be vaccinated. We've been afraid to let them out to roam the yard with those spots on them. Going to clean real good this weekend.
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