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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RoostersCrow HensDeliver!, Oct 8, 2013.
Oh my God , I think my laying flock has fowl pox. Does this look like it to you?
I thought so.
What do I do? Vaccinate all of them not showing symptoms and kill the ones that do?
NO, dont kill them!
My birds have all had fowl pox. The virus is usually transmitted by mosquitos. If I were you, I'd let it run its course through your flock like I did. It takes about a month (more or less) for birds to get over the disease. Once your birds are over it, they are immune to that particular strain.
Egg production will slow, but eggs are safe to eat.
Okay, thank you
I just ordered the Fowl Pox vaccine, it should come in tomorrow and then DH & I are going to vaccinate everyone.
So mosquitoes transport the virus? Wow that's scary.
So do I sanitize the coop and feeders/waterers? Do I need do anything else?
I see no need to sanitize everything. Here's a link to vaccinating:
Here's a link to diseases in poultry, fowl pox is the first one listed if you wish to read about it. The only one to be concerned about would be if the dry pox you're seeing in your birds develops into wet pox. Birds can have both types at the same time. BYC member Casportpony is dealing with wet pox in her flock. Feel free to PM her if you wish regarding any questions about wet pox.
NO NO NO!!!!!!
This disease is usually not very serious at all. Its the dry pox.
They will recover very quickly. While they have it most will not even act sick.
Its a virus so there is no treatment. Just let it run its course.
I would not vaccinate now as the other birds are likely to have it now too.
You will see a drop in egg production when they are sick, but then it will go back to normal once they birds are recovered.
I like to liken the disease to chicken pox in children.
You don't need to do anything. I just add some extra vitamins to the water, and make sure they have good quality food and keep them stress free.
(there are so many strains of fowl pox virus, I think the vaccine will not be effective and a waste of money).
So don't kill them, and don't worry too much. 99 to 100 percent of your birds will get over it fine.