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Possible bites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sarroo, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. sarroo

    sarroo New Egg

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    These swells started small and have grown over about a week. I have no idea what it is, there are no wasps or anything I can find around the area, is it maybe a disease? They aren't housed with any other poultry, just same age turkeys. There's only 5 and all are showing the same marks, though this one is the worst. Hopefully there's something I can do to fix this problem? :([​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. sarroo

    sarroo New Egg

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    Don't think both pictures worked..[​IMG]
     
  3. sarroo

    sarroo New Egg

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    No one has bothered to help, I've done some research and it appears to be fowl pox.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like Fowl Pox to me. I'm not sure how much information you've found out about Fowl Pox, so here is some information:

    Fowl pox is a viral disease. It is spread by flying insects like mosquitoes. There's no treatment for the disease itself, but to make it spread slower, treat your area for mosquitoes and flies. Also, isolate the infected birds. Birds recover from Fowl Pox in about three weeks, usually. The mortality is generally low.

    To make the bird more comfortable, you can put petroleum jelly mixed with sulphur on the scabs. This will soften the scabs. Putting some iodine on the scabs, too, will help the bird heal. Your bird appears to have dry fowl pox for now, but it may progress to wet fowl pox, which can invade the throat, causing breathing/eating difficulties. You may have to tube feed if this occurs.

    Though the disease is viral, a secondary bacterial infection could form due to the stress that the bird is experiencing. Because of this, you might want to get some antibiotics. Terramycin or Tetroxy HCA-280 are two good antibiotics.

     
  5. sarroo

    sarroo New Egg

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    Thank you, I was actually trying to find some things out about treatment. It looks like a couple of them do have the wet pox, what exactly do I feed them tube wise? Just regular chick feed mixed with water? They're getting quite thin. I've never dealt with fowl pox before. Already going out to get some antibiotics. I hope they all live..
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is some information on tube feeding:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/722041/how-to-t-feed-a-sick-chicken-and-give-subcutaneous-fluid
     

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