1. Rogersfarm

    Rogersfarm In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    If my chickens have Fowl Pox what do I need to do? I am new to chickens and have only had mine for about 4 months.I hand raised them but they have not had any vaccines.I didn't know.:(Can anyone give me advice and does this disease spread from chickens to humans or goats (we have a herd of pygmies).Thanks and sorry to sound so dumb!
  2. Welcome to BYC
    First it needs to be determined if they really have pox or not. They will develop black raised scabs on their face, combs and wattles. These can be treated with iodine on a cotton swab to help dry them out. Seperate any infected birds from the rest of the flock as it spreads really easily. If it is wet pox, they will develop raised sores inside their mouth and throut. These can also be treated with iodine. There is no real treatment for pox. It is one of those things that has to run its course. Dry pox will usually go away after a couple of weeks. Wet pox is nastier and many birds do not survive. As far as I am aware it is not tranferable to other types of animals. The best way is if you can post a picture of any infected birds so that a correct diagnosis can be made.
  3. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Songster

    Dec 29, 2008

    I will add that this is transfered cheifly by mosquitoes. I would seperate the Wet pox birds just so they can have a less stressed recovery, the Dry pox- well its hard to keep mosquitoes out of a coop or run.

    From the mosquito capital of the U.S., New Orleans.
  4. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    My birds just got over Fowl Pox. It was such a horrible experience for me as a new chicken mama, but trsut me it looks worse than it actually is. I lost 4 young ones to the wet pox, everyone else recovered from the dry pox. I tried the iodine but it didn't seem to help. Some people use black shoe polish. I put duramycin and electrolyte powder in their water and that helped speed up their recovery. It especially helped the ones getting the sores in around their eyes and mouths. If this happens to any of yours use some tweezers to peel the sores from these sensitive areas. The good news is once it's over they'll never get it again.
  5. I had a Wild (game) Hen contract this, no other birds got it and she is doing just fine now. She has two little ones she is caring for and one of them is either a Wild Hen or Jungle Roo.

    Here is a pic when she was "sickly".


    Hope this helps.

  6. Rogersfarm

    Rogersfarm In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ok, I have seen pics of Fowl Pox and it looks exactly what mine looks like problem is we have 34 chickens and 7 guineas. We looked them over and they appear to all have at least a single spot. Does it heal normal on their combs or after they have it they are "scarred"? And I live exactly 4 hours west of New Orleans just over the Texas/Louisiana border in fact in the first town you come to Orange,Texas and yep those mosquitos are pretty horrible! What about Garlic for wormer any thoughts?Has anyone tried it?
    Thanks for the advice and sorry for the newbie questions.
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    They'll eventually heal without scarring. If your chickens have worms, dont bother with preventives like garlic,DE, verm-x etc....they wont kill worms. Use a chemical to kill them. Use wazine17 first, then 2 weeks later use one of the following; valbazen, safeguard or ivermectin pour on.
  8. Quote:I am NOT so sure about safeguard. If any one else could ring in on this one I sure woud appreciate it. Many things we all use for our flock is "off label" and works just fine. However, I have NOT heard of using safeguard on the chooks.

    The valbazen is probably the very best wormer one can use on a chook, but my golly it is expensive.

    If any one knows where to purchase this (online even) for a decent price PLEASE tell us !! I know that ivermectin is O.K, but I save this for the horses. Some use iprenex (?) or a pour on (like a goat wash).

    I personally use Wazine two times in two weeks and lets the birds drink, drink and drink some more.

    In any event, there are several threads on worms of all kinds on this forum.


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