Avian pox?! HELP! :(


5 Years
Apr 27, 2014
My poor sweet d'uccle was the last to show signs of avian pox and she's got it the worst of all! I'm really worried about her losing her sight! I have her a bath and tried to very gently clean the area around her eyes but her comb is so funky it keeps oozing. What I can do to help her?! Is this even avian pox??


6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
That does look like a severe case of Avian Pox to me.

There unfortunately isn't much you can do to quickly get rid of the pox. It has to go away on its own, usually in 6 weeks or less. But, to help the scabs dissapear, you can apply some iodine. This makes them dry up and fall off. I don't think it would hurt to put some antibiotic ointment on, either, to help prevent any infection.

Can she still see enough to eat and drink?

Be on the lookout for a secondary bacterial infection, or a respiratory infection. These often accompany Avian Pox, and can make it more serious. If you start to notice gasping, wheezing, or gurgling, suspect a respiratory infection. This would need antibiotics to treat.

Good luck with her!


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Oh my, that poor little d'uccle hen. Vetericyn eye gel or plain Neosporin or Terramycin ointment wold be good to put into her eyes. Iodine may dry out her scabs on the comb. Can you try some scrambled or boiled egg chopped up, and add water to her feed and try to get her to eat out of your hand or from a little cup. If she doesn't eat or drink, I would get some crop feeding equipment from your vet, and tube feed her until she feels better. KayTee is a good brand of baby bird feed for crop feeding. Chickens can starve to death with bad pox because of poor eyesight or sore mouths. Look inside her mouth and throat for any yellow patches that could mean wet pox. Here is some info on crop feeding: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/805728/go-team-tube-feeding

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