Fowl pox? Spots all over hens combs and some on wattles

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  1. jennychick45

    jennychick45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am concerned to see that about 5-7 out of 15 hens have bumps all over their combs. One of my hens has it on her comb, face, and wattles. A different hen has dark tips of her comb. What is happening and should i be concerned? I noticed it about 3 days ago and i feel like it has worsened and every day at least one more hen has it. Thanks in advance.
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes, I believe you are dealing with fowl pox. This looks like the dry type, which will run it's course over a few weeks, but watch out for any lesions near the eyes which would need Neosporin ointment. Also the wet form can be deadly if you notice any yellow patches inside the beak or throat which can block the windpipe. Here is some info to read:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/avian-pox-how-to-treat-your-chickens-for-avian-pox
    http://www.hyline.com/aspx/redbook/redbook.aspx?s=5&p=35
    http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/disease/Avian_Pox
     
  3. jennychick45

    jennychick45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you is there any way I can help them out in any way or keep it from spreading?
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Mosquitoes and flies can help it spread, so try to deal with those by getting rid of standing water, and dealing with droppings. Permethrin spray or Permectrin II may help in the coop. Some links say to separate the ones with pox away from the ones without it. Put some iodine or betadine on scabs away from eyes to help them dry out if you wish. Don't pick off scabs, so that you don't spread it.
     
  5. jennychick45

    jennychick45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much
     

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