Fowl Pox...wet, need help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dazlin, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Dazlin

    Dazlin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    [​IMG] My Rooster has the wet form of fowl pox. It's almost 2 weeks now. I've given teramyacin(no help), and now keeping him on fishzole, no imrovement to speak of. His eyes have bubbles, and one is sometimes closed, lots of nasal gunk. I am cleaning him, and given meds by mouth. His mouth is all slimy too. He eats some, and puts up a good fight to get out. How long is this going to take? Is he still contagious? I feel very bad for him, but won't put him down. I think they get depressed when in isolation, so I really would like him back out. Please send any advice, badly needed here. Thanks! Oh, I'm new here...HI.
  2. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  3. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Well wishes from Southern Illinois.
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    The wet version is the worst one to get. If I were you i'd cull him immediately, otherwise you are risking infecting the other flock, if they aren't already. It will take a while to clear up, if it clears up, and more than likely you'll have to vaccinate every year after this because there's a good chance it will reoccur.
  5. Dazlin

    Dazlin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    I thought, they can't get it again?
    Last night I took his temp, he had 108.
    I don't know if I can put him down yet. Maybe I'll wait and see if he stops eating. He is in isolation, everyone is still o.k.
    This is sooo upsetting, he's a beautiful buff Brahma.
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

  7. Dazlin

    Dazlin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    Thanks so much for the replies, and the links.
    I have searched just about everything, and I realize how bad this is. I just can't put him down yet, as he is still eating. But, I am afraid that the pox will carry a threat for a long time after, even when they dry and fall off. So...I think I'm caught between a rock and a hard place... sigh. Thanks again for the help.
  8. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a bad outbreak of Pox (wet and dry) here last fall. Before then, I'd never even HEARD of it before!

    For the boys, FishZole seemed to do the trick. For some reason, my roos didn't get it as bad as my hens. The entire flock got FishZole water, and while that worked for MOST cases, there were some that needed something a bit more serious.

    I had a few hens that had terrible cases of the yellow plaque in their mouths and down their windpipe. One hen seemed to get the infection around her eye, leaving her mouth and throat unaffected.

    The first hen to get it was a HUGE learning experience for me. She had the infection in her windpipe, so breathing was a grand struggle for her. I hand fed her for four days - she couldn't eat on her own. I was giving her fish zole in a 4x dose level, but she wasn't improving. It was all she could do to just keep breathing, and that was a strain.

    My vet gave me a bottle of Azithromycin Suspension, and told me to give the hen 1/4 of the dropper length once daily. On day 1, I gave two doses, and then continued with once daily. (She weighed 3 pounds.)

    After her first night she was noticeably better (not 100%, but better than she has been for days). Her breathing was half as strained, and she had even more of a desire to "wander" on top of the washing machine during feed times. She was still not showing much interest in self-feeding, but it was looking up. She still had good poo's, and that's what I used as a gauge to know that at least I was getting good amounts of food and liquids in her. That was a big concern for me.

    She was treated with Azithromycin for 10 days. At the end of her treatment, she was reunited with her flock and is still today alive and WELL! She lays an egg almost daily. She made a remarkable recovery.

    I looked online for information regarding Azithromycin and birds, and most of what I've found is that it's being tested for use with exotic birds, and there are writings in vet journals.

    Because there seemed to be so many things going on, the vet had me treat the other hens that showed the yellow plaque symptoms with the following:
    Azithromycin Suspension: 1/4 dropper daily
    Acyclovir Suspension: 1 full dropper daily
    Cephalexin Suspension: 1/4 dropper daily

    He gave one hen (she was the worst case I had) a leg injection of Baytril while she was at the vet's office.

    I ended up having to treat 8 birds in total from my entire flock. When it was possible, I would carefully remove any of the plaque with a round-tip pair of tweezers. It was a very time consuming process, but I believe it helped keep things from building up in the cases that I caught VERY early. The infection certainly made its rounds. When it was all said and done, I lost 1 hen. I consider myself, and my hens, very fortunate.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009
  9. SelenaLuvChicks

    SelenaLuvChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2011
    Thats good advice so I'll try it and see whats happens ... Maybe.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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