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Fowl pox and hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by farmpoor, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. farmpoor

    farmpoor New Egg

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    I have some roosters that have gotten fowl pox. Before I realized I had a problem I had collected eggs to hatch. My question is, can I hatch the eggs or will the chicks start out with it or what? At first I wanted to ask if the Rooster had it but the hen didn't would the chick be infected. But now my hens. Are showing signs of the disease. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    As far as I know, fowl pox is not transmitted through the egg, but the eggs should be incubated, not hatched by the hens. Make sure that there are no wet spots for mosquito larvae to hatch near your coop. Treat for mosquitoes and flies by using traps, since flies can spread the pox from one chicken scab to another (after the mosquito first passes the virus to a chicken.) Here are 3 good links about pox:
    http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/Avian/Fowlpox.pdf
    http://www.hyline.com/aspx/redbook/redbook.aspx?s=5&p=35
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/poultry/fowlpox/fowlpox_in_chickens_and_turkeys.html
     
  3. farmpoor

    farmpoor New Egg

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    Thanks. I checked the links. That was the same things I have read. I have found nothing that says yes it does or no it doesn't. I guess we will know soon. They are in the incubator. Pre-outbreak I swapped someone some laying hens and chicks for turkeys. Many of the chicks died. So I was trying to hatch more chicks for their replacements. Couple days after collecting hatching eggs is when I saw it. What others and myself had called fighting wounds turned up to be starting pox.
     

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