Fowl Pox.... Is this a sign to stop raising chickens???
I had me a nice healthy flock for the most part....
Someone loved my eggs so much they asked me to help her with her co-op for eggs.
In just 2 weeks the request for eggs was not expected.
I thought well I could just get some older hens to help meet the demand.
The majority came from one place.
The all seemed to be healthy and happy.
Just to add... I enjoy hatching out chicks so I have been doing that for awhile!
Now the nightmare.
Noticed lice worms in the poo.
ok.. working on the treatment for that... seems to be something I can get rid of.
NOW... Fowl Pox, it seems.
I new something appeared wrong and last night and this morning and saw some signs.
I don't even want to go out this evening!!!
I have done reasearch online and have some questions!!!
Fowl Pox can just run its course and the surviors will have immunity.
With immunity, does that also mean they are carriers for life and one would never want to sell that bird to anyone else for fear it can harm their flock?
Any new chicks which are normally ones I raise myself.
Are they immune through the hen?
Do I vaccinate the chicks?
Stop introducing any new chicks/chickens into the flock for possible new pox infestation from the carriers?
Are the eggs still good to eat that they do lay?
Can the chickens be eaten after they appear healthy again?
Should there be withdrawals from eating the eggs or chickens?
Should I just deplete my flock and burn?
So many questions but see if any can be answered to push me on!!!!
Thanks in advance!