Bad case of fowl pox - what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mangobingo, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. mangobingo

    mangobingo Out Of The Brooder

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    We've had a couple of cases of what looks like fowl pox in our flock recently. The first two didn't seem to bother the birds and the scabs went away on their own, but the latest case looks worse (I'll try to attach a couple of pics at the end of this post). The hen isn't acting abnormally but she has a lot of scabs including one that's right up against her right eye. We're not sure if this is the wet pox or the dry pox.

    What do you think we should do? This bird is in a flock of 13 adult hens and a rooster, they free range all day and sleep together in a coop at night (except for the birds that have already had the pox, they sleep in a tree). We've bought the vaccine but we're a bit nervous about administering it properly.

    Thanks for any advice!

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  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    It's dry pox. You're going to have to let it run its course, really not much you can do. Mosquitos carry the virus. Try eliminating standing water as necessary. Put screen on the vents to the coop to keep mosquitos out. Normally I'd recommend putting iodine on the nodules to help dry them out, but not in this instance. There's too much of a risk of getting the iodine in her eyes and nostrils. Some people use black shoe polish, I've never tried it.
     
  3. mangobingo

    mangobingo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, dawg53. She seems to be getting a little better now, or at least not getting any worse. It would take a major re-landscaping of the back yard to get rid of standing water, unfortunately (masses of bromeliads + wet tropical environment), so I'm glad the birds don't actually seem to be suffering with their pox.
     
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    You'd know if it was wet pox. I had a hen with both, and the wet is nasty - she could barely breathe and wouldn't eat, as her mouth was full of lesions. The dry should just go away, just keep it from plugging up anything important. :)
     

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