Fowl pox

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chilman, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. chilman

    chilman Out Of The Brooder

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    Our little rooster has tiny white spots on both of his wattles. The spots are near the edge on both sides of his wattles. Also the edges of his wattles are feel hard and have a black look to them, they are not soft like the used to be. I tried to pick them off, but no luck. The spots also feel hard. Could this be fowl pox? If so, what is the best way to treat? No way it could be frost bit. Been to warm.

    Here is a picture of rosebuds wattle.[​IMG]
     
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  2. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She probably has Avian Pox.. if it is dry then it will go away on its own in a few weeks..if its wet she will need antibiotics to help her recover.. the pox may get into her ears, eyes and neck and mouth

    But if its dry it will just be some rather disgusting dots on her wattles and comb that will turn brownish and then dry up and fall off

    Increase her protein level in her diet to help her... hens when sick tend to use up a lot of protein in their own bodies trying to fight off infection

    A tablespoon of tin cat food (beef) would be great each day.. no more than that ok
     
  3. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry i mean He
     
  4. chickencrazy999

    chickencrazy999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the spots are white and about 1-2 mm across, and if she's living in a humid/moist environment then it might also be favus. You can treat this fungal disease by dobbing on some iodine, virkon spray, hibitane ointment (any anti-fungal ointment), blu-kote (never tried it but it should work). Give one of these a try and see how it goes.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It does sound like it could be fowl pox. Could you post pictures?

    Fowl pox is a disease caused by a virus (its not related to Chicken Pox in humans). Fowl Pox does not have a treatment, and runs its course in about three weeks. It isn't usually deadly in the dry form, which your bird appears to have. However, it can be deadly if it progresses to the wet form, which causes lesions and scabs in the throat as well.

    If you think that it is Fowl Pox, I recommend isolating him. The main carriers of Fowl Pox are mosiquitoes, flies, and other flying insects. To reduce the spread of the disease, treat your chicken area for flying insects. This will eliminate most of the carriers.

    Keep him as stress-free as possible to prevent a secondary bacterial infection. Give electrolytes and probiotics, and make sure that he eats and drinks. You might want to put him on a course of antibiotics. Oxytetracycline like Duramycin, Terramycin, and Tetroxy HCA-280 is a good antibiotic, as it is broad-spectrum. Make sure that you don't give probiotics, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, or other dairy products while using antibiotics, as they will interfere with the success of the antibiotics.

    Put some iodine on the scabs to help them go away. Also, putting some vaseline on the scabs will soften them, making him more comfortable.

    Birds that recover from Fowl Pox will be immune, but can still pass the disease to others. To prevent Fowl Pox in the future, you might want to vaccinate. The Fowl Pox vaccine is relatively easy to find, and easy to give. You can buy it at http://www.twincitypoultrysupplies....d34279a8d4fc77a34e81&keyword=fowl+pox+vaccine.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If it's pox the spots will turn into scab or wart-like scabs.

    -Kathy
     
  8. chilman

    chilman Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a picture of rosebuds wattles. [​IMG]
     

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