Is fowl pox a problem in the eastern Arkansas area? I asked at the local extension agency, (by message) what diseases are prevalent in the area that I need to vaccinate against and got the message back … “Hatcheries can vaccinate against Marek’s.” Not exactly what I was asking. I did however request for the chicks to be vaccinated against Marek’s. But what about fowl pox? I live in mosquito hell. There is a ½ acre pond not more then 300 feet away from my property. There are irrigation ditches in the fields for miles around. Much of the land around is covered in shallow water when it rains. Mosquitoes are rampant between March and December and anytime it warms up for a couple of days. Poultry are common here also. So far I’ve read conflicting information about fowl pox. Its not too bad except for the wet kind, and with care they will recover. Wet fowl pox will kill all of your chickens. Chickens get the dry kind and recover without any trouble. The dry kind causes hens to stop laying. It can make them susceptible to other diseases that will kill them. It stunts the growth of chicks.. it doesn’t cause any long term problems. You have to vaccinate yearly.. you only vaccinate once (Except for chicks) and they’re immune. Only vaccinate if you’ve had it in your yard before. Vaccinate before you get it. Can you see why I’m confused? I don’t want the birds suffer and die. I don’t want poor egg production. Six to twelve dollars is cheap to prevent that, though the vaccinating process seems complicated. On the other hand I don’t want to unnecessarily vaccinate for something if it isn’t in the area and then have to revaccinate every year. Help please?