Fowl pox is found in many areas of the country. It is caused by a DNA avian pox virus. There are six closely related viruses or strains--- fowl pox, pigeon px, canary pox, quail, psittacine, and ratite. It is spread by air, by contact with infested birds, or by mosquitoes. There are two forms of fowl pox: the dry or skin type and teh wet or throat type. The same organism causes both. The disease affects most birds---chickens and turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, psittacine birds, and ratites--of all ages. Pigeon pox can infect pigeons,k chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Canary pox infects canaries, chcikens, sparrow, and possibleyu other species. Fowl pox has been isolated from crows in some parts of the united states.
Birds with fowl pox have poor appetites and look sick. The wet pox causes difficult breathing, a nasal or eye discharge, and yellowish , soft cankeer on the mouth and tongue. With the dry pox, small grayish white humps on the legs, vent, foce, comb, and wattles develop. These eventually turn dark brown and become scabs.
On postmortem, cankeer may appear in the membranes of the mouth, throat, and trachea. There may be occasional lung involvement or cloudy air sacs.
THERE IS NO TREATMENT FOR THE DISEASE ITSELF, THOUGH AN ANTIBIOTIC MAY HELP REDUCE THE STRESS OF THE DISEASE. THE ONLY MEANS OF CONTROL IS TO ADMINSTER A VACCINE. THIS IS RECOMMENDED ONLY IN THOSE AREAS WHERE FOWL POX IS A PROBLEM.
Storey's guide to raising poultry.
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Edited by rancher hicks - 6/20/10 at 4:24pm