Is this avian pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Causin Chaos, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Causin Chaos

    Causin Chaos Out Of The Brooder

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  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Im sorry I cant see anything but a big healthy looking roo!
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Not seeing anything abnormal............
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    We need a closeup shot of the head, but it sure looks like pox to me.
     
  5. Causin Chaos

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    I will get better pics. They are greenish spots. Looks like mold kinda.
     
  6. threehorses

    threehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're going to place reverse photographs. [​IMG]

    Does it look like Red here:
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    Or "frizzle" (who isn't a frizzle at all)?
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    Kind of a raised surface? Or is it more like this:
    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/Favus/Favus_OscarComb.jpg

    The first two are pox, two different "looks" to it that are less like the typical cigarette ash looking scab.

    The last is favus, which is fungal.

    In pox, since it's viral, there's no medicine to fix it. But of course as you apparently know you want to dot each scab with iodine (with the scab off if you can, but I can never get mine off) to kill any bacteria lurking under there waiting to cause a secondary infection.

    And with all ill birds, you want to boost immunity. With pox, you want to leave on the vitamin A a bit - so polyvisol would be a good choice directly in the beak of the bird or in a guaranteed quickly eaten treat.

    Recently I gave a hen a mixture of some yogurt (about a 1/2 teaspoon), a little honey, 3 drops of polyvisol, and just enough crumbles to make that mixture semi-solid - soft, not sticky wet. She loved it. You can also drop the polyvisol on egg yolk. (To be honest - first time I treated the hen, she drank the vitamin drops from the dropper.)

    Clean air, and remember that where the scabs fall there lies infection. It's also spread by insects that bite, mainly mosquitos. It's usually a harmless illness, gets worse before it gets better, and the main thing is to watch for two things:

    a) Any lesions around the mouth or eyes: Treat those immediately with antibiotic creme.
    b) For any cheesiness inside the throat (that's the diptheria form, wet-pox form).

    Likely you'll see neither.

    Usually I get pox annually with little drama. This year I had it terrible here, particularly in the turkeys, so next year (to avoid any misshaping of combs) I'm vaccinating since we get it annually here on the Gulf Coast south. But for years I haven't.

    'Hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  7. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like the starts of it to me
     
  8. threehorses

    threehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, looks like two things - pox, and tiny bits of blood where he probably kicked at his head. It might not get worse than that. Red's never did, while Frizzle's did out of mine this year (though I had more - but just the pictures shown below for reference).
     
  9. Causin Chaos

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    Threehorses I tried to pm you but it says your inbox is full so maybe you will read this. I have polyvisol and want to know if I can add it to my water for all the chickens? If I can how much should I put in? Thanks
     

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