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So we have fowl pox.

post #1 of 5
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8 birds, 3 are 12 months old, 5 are 6 month old, all but three young ones are laying. All but two adults have at least one dry pox lesion on their combs. It's been about a week since I noticed the first lesion, but a couple of my young ones are very fast and tend to avoid me, so it may have been a little longer. There hasn't been any standing water around, but I live in Florida; mosquitoes and other biting insects are just a thing here. Since I can't practically screen in the areas where the chickens are, bug-borne illnesses are a risk I have no choice but to take.


I know there's no cure once they have it. I've read about antibiotics in the drinking water during an outbreak to prevent secondary infection, but then I read that I have to throw out the eggs for up to a month after treatment. We go through far too many eggs for that, a dozen a week easily. Similar-quality (organic, more or less free-range) eggs around here are running between $5 and $6 a dozen. I don't want to spend money on eggs when I have a yard full of laying hens! What treatments are available to me that won't require me to throw away the eggs? 

post #2 of 5

Hi, i live in Nairobi, kenya and mosquitoes are similarly a fact of life. I simply keep an eye on mine (some are showing similar signs at the mo) and if they look nasty, i wash the comb with iodine or a saline solution. My chickens don't seem to be affected by it, and continue on their merry way, so i don't sweat it too much.


All the best


post #3 of 5

I would not use antibiotics for fowl pox. It is a virus, and the only antibiotic that might help, is if your chickens get scabs near the eyes. An antibiotic ointment or eye drop  can help to prevent secondary bacterial infection in the eye to prevent blindness. Do not disturb any pox scabs or you can spread the virus. Vaccines are available for chickens not yet exposed. Here is some reading about pox:

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They're all in the same flock and have all been exposed - as of this post, only one is not showing any symptoms yet. I saw some early-stage bumps on the other one I had previously thought unaffected. The rest have scabby bumps. Everyone is eating, drinking, laying, and otherwise behaving normally. The ones who have already been laying haven't seemed to drop off any, but I do have three who haven't started laying yet even though they're about the right age to start. (Two of the younger birds have been laying since just before I noticed the first scab.) 


So far no one seems to have any lesions around or on the eyes, but several have combs and wattles with bumps. I can pick up some iodine solution while I'm out running errands today. All I've ever seen locally is 10%; will it need further dilution?

post #5 of 5

the 10% povidone iodine is for wound care, so no dilution is necessary. This may help dry out scabs, but don't remove scabs.

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