My silky hen who has 2 chicks, has suddenly in two weeks that I was away for, gotten tons of lumps on it! What could be wrong with her, she is also very thin and has lost weight over the two week I was away. Please Help!
I think that is a hard one to decide on. I'm all for letting chicks stay with a broody hen. The chicks have been exposed already and may get it even if you take them away to a brooder. If they are a few weeks old, they might be okay on there own without her, but it is probably cold where you are. Fowl pox is contagious to the other birds, and usually not that serious unless it becomes wet fowl pox that can invade the inside of the throat and breathing passages. I would put some iodine on the spots for now until I decided whether or not to take the chicks away. If the chicks are quite valuable you might want to take them away, but I might be inclined to leave them. My experience with fowl pox has been a few very mild cases, but Casportpony on here has had a few terrible cases lately. Here is a link to pictures for you to look at to make sure of it (be sure to look at all of the pictures): http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/510