Fowl Pox

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ia02, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. ia02

    ia02 Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to submit a few photos of my 22 week old BO that I think has fowl pox. The first photo is from a few days ago, the second is from today. I do not believe it has been cold enough in Missouri to get frostbite, so fowl pox seems like the most likely cause.

    This bird most likely also has Marek's but seems to be asymptomatic and is seemingly healthy and symptom free otherwise.

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    It does appear to be, so far a mild case of it, it can get worse before getting better and can take up to 6 weeks from start to finish, there's no treatment, just letting it run it's course and only giving antibiotics for any secondary infections if they develop.
     
  3. btguy

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    i had it run through all my birds, from my experience one you get the black spots the disease is over. the pox is actually large bumps/blisters that when the disease is beaten, drain and fill with blood/scab and eventually fall off. the scab is what is black. it did nothing more than make everyone molt to my chickens but it killed 2 turkeys and nearly killed a third. that leaves me with 6 turkeys that my mom has now become so attached to she wont let me kill them for thanksgiving facepalm.

    the advice i found is keep their diet the same, slip them some vitamins if you like. and wait.

    keep a close eye on who is eating because if any develops in the mouth or throat (wet pox) they will stop eating and may die. it can remain contagious for 3 months after the scabs fall off. all birds effected by it are now immune to it. if it reoccurs you may want to start spraying for mosquitoes or start vaccinating new arrivals.

    yeah when turkeys started dying i started digging lol.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I only had it in my turkeys and they were fine, they looked horrible, sorry you lost yours, my chickens remain pox free for now.
     
  5. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I was so horrified I didn't think of taking photos, yours show it really well, nice looking Tom at the end of it.
     
  7. ia02

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    @@btguy I haven't noticed any bumps before the black scabs form. The black scabs just keep increasing, slowly but steadily.

    Could this be something other than pox? Could it be Marek's related?
     
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  8. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the bumps didnt get that big on any of my other birds. unless you are out there checking them for this or lice or something the first sign of it is the black scabs.
     
  9. ia02

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    @btguy understood. Thanks for the follow up.
     
  10. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the increasing black scabs does sound kind of worrying, mine all went through the turning stage in maybe 2 days. see that bump on his ... is waddle the word? the bit hanging from his chin. gently feel that and see if it feels like a pimple with the surrounding skin irritated and swollen, or if there is a less developed bump try that because after 2 days that on is probably entirely scab by now. if so its likely pox that is turning black. also keep in mind that some of it may be battle wounds from ladies pecking at that speck on him. i can say its not mareks. that doesn't mean its not something else entirely.
     

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