Overview of diseases

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by happinesshill, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. happinesshill

    happinesshill In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    I am new to the chicken thing really...
    I was wondering if someone could give me a basic overview of the main things that will go wrong with chickens, what the symptoms are and what the treatment is?
    I have now realized that my hens are getting the dry fowl pox. Does this affect the eggs?
    I take it that this disease will not kill the hens?

    I wish I had a summary of potential things that could go wrong.
    Also, I read somewhere on here, at about 6 months of age to worm them?
    I never did this. Is it necessary?
    What is the medicine I should use?
    Thanks for any info!

  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Songster

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Hello, happinesshill. [​IMG] I have used this link more than once - I like it because you can search by symptom, although the information applies to birds in general and not just chickens. I hope it helps with some of your questions. I am new to chickens as well, I have no experience with fowl pox and have not wormed. Hope someone else comes along soon to answer your specific questions.

  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Here are some helpful resources for you. www.colchesterpoultryclub.com/health.htm
    merck vet manual...also...msucares.com
    Dry fowl pox will cause hens to slow down laying eggs, eggs are safe to eat. Dry fowl pox will not kill chickens, usually it goes away on its own in about a month. It's contagious to other chickens. Mosquitos carry the virus. It causes nodules and scabs on the combs, wattles, around the eyes. Applying iodine to the scabs helps dry them out quicker. There's a vaccine available that can be given to non affected birds. Secondary infections can occur such as a scratch becoming infected in which case an antibiotic may be required. Observation is about the only thing you can do until it disappears.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2010

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