Avian Pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HayHays97, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. HayHays97

    HayHays97 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys,
    My hen has developed these white lumps on her comb I've attached a picture below. I read somewhere they could be Avian Pox? One that was all black and crusty came up a few days ago and I thought she had just been pecked by the other chickens, but now I've noticed there are more. If they are Avian Pox, is there any way to stop them or prevent them from coming back? None of my chickens have ever had them before so I don't really know a lot about them. Any help would be apprieciated.
    Thanks :)


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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Oh, yes. She has the start of pox. She will look much worse in a few more days, so brace yourself. There is a vaccine available for fowl pox if you live in an area where it is often a problem. It needs to be redone each year, though.

    Fowl pox is caused by a virus carried by mosquitoes. It has 2 forms-wet pox and dry pox. Your bird has dry form, which is a nuisance virus more than anything. It will look quite nasty for about 3 weeks and then heal on its own without intervention. The good news is that once birds are exposed to the pox they will acquire a partial immunity from it meaning that although they may get pox again the future, it will not be as bad as the first time. The biggest risk with dry pox is the risk of secondary infection in the nodules. To prevent that you can dab the nodules with straight iodine/betadine each day when they are at their worst. This will help to dry them out so they heal quicker and will prevent infection. Don't feel like you have to do anything to them, though. The chance of infection is very small, and the nodules will likely heal on their own.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Orpingtons4U

    Orpingtons4U Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does the Fowl pox stop the hen from laying
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    It may cause a slight, temporary slow down because it is a stressor, but that is dependent on how severely a hen is afflicted. When my girls had it (quite mildly) they didn't slow down at all.
     
  5. HayHays97

    HayHays97 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your help, I'll have to ask around vets to see if they have a vaccine :)
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    You can buy it yourself. Unfortunately it is sold in lots of 500-1000 so you'll waste a lot of it, but it is inexpensive for all that.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens who have fowl pox are immune the rest of their life. My flock had it a couple of years ago and this has proven true for them, and we have plenty of mosquitoes. Unless they develop wet pox (in the mouth,) which is unusual, it is really not a problem. It runs its course in 3 weeks, then suddenly disappears.
     
  8. HayHays97

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    Well none of my other chickens have shown signs of the pox yet, which is good, but I'm guessing it's only a matter of time [​IMG]
    Thanks :)
     
  9. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question - can you eat the eggs when they have this? Just curious.
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Yes, the eggs are safe to eat. Fowl pox is not transmittable to humans.
     

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