Is this pox or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JuliSmith, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. JuliSmith

    JuliSmith New Egg

    Nov 24, 2015
    Half of my six hens have started looking like this in the last few weeks. These are my first ever chickens so I'm not sure what is going on. And my dominant hen now has a broken beak tip. I kinda feel like I'm failing at the chicken-mothering :(
  2. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2013
    My Coop
    Looks like frostbite to me. You may want to increase the ventilation in your coop while reducing any direct draft. High humidity, if not properly vented, can cause frostbite injuries even right at freezing temperature. If you have water in your coop, set it outside in the run.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    What have your temps been? Are mosquitoes still active? It looks very much like pox, but if it's too cold for mosquitoes then...
    I am not liking the looks of the beak in #1 and #3. Any lesions inside the mouth of that bird(s)?
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It also looks like fowl pox to me. Dry pox on the skin is usually survived, but if you see yellow patches inside the beak, she could have wet or diphtheritic pox, which can be more deadly. Pox doesnot respond to antibiotics, but if there are any lesions on the eyelids, I would recommend some antibiotic ointment such as Terramycin, or a non-antibiotic eye gel such as Vetericyn. Pox scabs should be left alone to not spread the virus, but iodine can be applied to help dry up the scabs.

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