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Fowl pox?

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Just came home from a week away- found my youngest roo like this.... I didn't notice last night, this am or even first thing tonight- until I saw his bad side- in isolation not sure what good as not sure when it started- no one else that i can find tonight is showing signs. He's happy energetic and showing no other signs of illness. He's about 5mos and a maran.

5 yr momma of birds- a BBW hen, 2 Peking hens, pair of faun IR, pair of brown ducks, 2 black lace wyndottes, 3 chipmunk EE, 3 cuckoo maran Roos and 2 CM hens, a SS roo and a leghorn, black giant, buff op, California white, NH red, a pr of cuckoo maran/buff crosses.

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5 yr momma of birds- a BBW hen, 2 Peking hens, pair of faun IR, pair of brown ducks, 2 black lace wyndottes, 3 chipmunk EE, 3 cuckoo maran Roos and 2 CM hens, a SS roo and a leghorn, black giant, buff op, California white, NH red, a pr of cuckoo maran/buff crosses.

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Looks like fowl pox to me. It is highly contagious so, act fast. Treat him with tetracycline and you can apply diluted iodine or some sort of healing salve to the sores. They are not contagious to humans, but to other poultry, it spreads through feather dander and the scabs breaking open.
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Yes, it looks like fowl pox--the dry pox, which is a virus spread by mosquitoes. I'm amazed that you still have them so late in the season. Antibiotics don't really help with viruses, but if you see any pox around the eyes, you will want to treat the eyes with Vetericyn eye wash or eye gel, or with Terramycin eye ointment, since secondary bacterial eye infections may cause blindness. Wet pox can cause painful lesions inside the throat. Here are some articles to read:

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/publications/6/diseases-of-poultry/195/fowl-pox/

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2015/07/fowl-pox-prevention-treatment.html

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/avian-pox-how-to-treat-your-chickens-for-avian-pox

http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/avian/fowlpox.pdf


Edited by Eggcessive - 10/28/15 at 7:00pm
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Anyone have experience with Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus? We have wild turkeys who graze on the fields with the chickens regularly. Are pox spread in bird to bird contact? Or could he have gotten them from a wild turkey or other bird while free ranging rather than a mosquito?

5 yr momma of birds- a BBW hen, 2 Peking hens, pair of faun IR, pair of brown ducks, 2 black lace wyndottes, 3 chipmunk EE, 3 cuckoo maran Roos and 2 CM hens, a SS roo and a leghorn, black giant, buff op, California white, NH red, a pr of cuckoo maran/buff crosses.

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5 yr momma of birds- a BBW hen, 2 Peking hens, pair of faun IR, pair of brown ducks, 2 black lace wyndottes, 3 chipmunk EE, 3 cuckoo maran Roos and 2 CM hens, a SS roo and a leghorn, black giant, buff op, California white, NH red, a pr of cuckoo maran/buff crosses.

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Fowl pox is usually spread by mosquitoes, but can be spread from bird to bird by disturbing scabs, or by flies and other insects form bird to bird. A chicken could get pox from a turkey. I'm not an expert, but I think only turkeys get LPD reovirus. Here is an excerpt from Beauty of Birds about fowl pox:

 

Transmission:

Mosquitoes: Transmission occurs when mosquitos feed on birds that with lesion present. Mosquitoes can harbor and transmit the virus for a month or longer after feeding on infected birds. Other insects, such as stable flies have also shown the capability of transmitting the pox virus.

Infected Birds: The Avian Pox virus can be spread by direct contact with infected birds.

Contaminated surfaces or water / food: One of the primary sources of infections are contaminated bird feeding stations; or contaminated food / water. Bird baths / feeding stations need to be regularly disinfected with a 5% chlorine bleach solution.

Mosquitoes are most likely the cause of transmission within local areas, while wild birds are responsible for outbreaks over greater distances.

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