chicken with internal avian pox

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by misty, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. misty

    misty New Egg

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    I have several chickens with what I believe is avian pox. The crusty black spots on their combs and wattles and all seem to only have the external part but one. She has no exsternal "poxs" that I see but she has mucus very thick in her beak and has a raspy snore as she beathers. I have brought her in and caged her and her beak had a very bad smell. I ran to the feed store and got some antibiotics to put in her drinking water in case of infection but i don't know what else to do for her. She doesn't seem to be eating or drinking much if at all. Any ideas. Could this be something else besides pox. She is still standing and still seems fisty even though she sound terrible and has that sad, I'm sick look, I exspect to find her dead each morning but she is still hanging in there. This has been going on for about 5 days now and I called my local vet who refered me to another who refered me to yet another about 50 miles away. Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    could be a respiratory infection complicated by a yeast (candidiasis) or something else...
    Best thing is to get a vet to look at it ...then you will know what to give in order to treat it.
    What you can give now is POLYVISOL four drops in beak once a day for a week then taper off the next (childrens liquid vit A=B[​IMG] vitamin)... the vit A is advised for any suspected (internal) pox and also many times a deficiency runs concurrent with respiratory illness.
    Also monitor that they are drinking sufficiently and separate the ill from the healthy in case it is pox and give them separate waterers and feeders (this will help somewhat to prevent the spread as pox is also spread through feather dandruff , water and feed)
     
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  3. misty

    misty New Egg

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    I free range and don't really have the equipment to seperate the flock. I have about 18 in my fenced front yard but open the gate to let them roam my yard and the field next door during the day. They roost on porch and in trees so unless I had a fully enclosed set up they would get out anyway. I have cliped wings and they still managed to jump the fence. LOL I only have two or three that have the spots but I read they are spread by mosquitos and we have had a lot of standing water this year. I'm not sure seperating would stop spread. I have no vet in my area to take her to but will try to call the one I was refered to that is pretty far away. Maybe he can advise by phone. I will try the vitamins, they sure can't hurt. Thanks
     

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