Dry Fowl Pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedDrgn, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Since part of our chickens' free range territory is woodland, it's not uncommon for them to get scatched and have a scab on their combs now and again, but this takes the cake. Came home this evening and saw this huge nodule on our BA's comb (with a smaller one right next to it); no other marks or problems. She is 14 months old and other than starting to molt, perfectly normal; eating, drinking, pooping perfectly normally. The scabby bumps don't seem to bother her at all.

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    If it's pox, then it's viral and there's not really anything we can do about it except make sure of no secondary infections, right? Supposedly, the lesions last for weeks and if she's got it, everyone else in the flock is already exposed....oh goody. :\
     
  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they show sign they have it. I have some on the other side of the yard did not show any sign and the babies in side the house have not been bitten, so i got vaccine and gave it to the ones that don't have it. And mist the bird with oxine and the area . and used electrolyte in the water. Put up a bug zapper to help with the biting bugs.
     
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  3. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Our BR had three small spots on her comb early this morning, so I'm guessing they do have it. Still doesn't seem to bother anyone, anyway.

    The mosquitoes have been freakin' awful the past few months, but they never seemed to bother the chickens (and once the coop door closes, they can't get to them, but I'm sure they got bit anyway. Good thing they're mostly gone with the cold weather, but we'll see about installing a zapped for next spring/summer.

    Are there any other diseases, other than avian flu, that mosquitoes often transmit to chickens?
     

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