Update-New Chicken has Pox and Coccidiosis

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Enchanted Sunrise Farms, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    We adopted an adult BO several weeks ago. She has been quarantined for those several weeks and seems healthy in general. When she got here she had a dark mark on her comb, that i wasn't too concerned about, but now has developed a sore on her wattle that looks troublesome. From reading posts and looking at pictures, it appears to be the start of Fowl Pox. Can the experts here take a look at my pics and weigh in on this?

    i'm taking her to the vet on Monday to be sure, and if it is pox, from what i have read, i will need to vaccinate my entire flock, right? One question though, if they get the pox that just causes the cankers on the face and wattles, can it turn into the wet pox variety? Thanks for your help.

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  2. Poohbear

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    That is indeed fowl pox. Quarantine her away from other fowl (they are probably already exposed). It is contagious to other fowl but not a big deal. By itself, it will go away in a few weeks with no ill effects and she will be immune to pox forever. Many people use black shoe polish or alcohol rub on the warts. Unless they are on the eye I would just wash her head with rubbing alcohol and water every other day and keep her quarantined until they go away (which they will).
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm no expert on fowl pox, but have seen pics and it doesn't really look like it to me. Looks more like injury pecks (residual blood spots) or perhaps even bits of frostbite. Is it cold where you are?

    Jody
     
  4. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is fowl pox too.

    Mine are having a bout with it right now.

    They can get some pretty large black looking warts. I just rub a bit or Vet Rx on the spots.

    Or if they aren't that bad I do nothing to them & they do go away. Takes a little while but they will go away.
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:i'm in Northern California, and it is hovering just at or above 40 degrees at night. She has been quarantined alone since i got her about two weeks ago, so she hasn't been exposed to any other hens which might peck her. This sore has developed since i got her.

    It doesn't look as bad as all the fowl pox pics i have seen. The sore looks similar, but she just has the one. Maybe i'll try to clean it up today and put something on it.
     
  6. BethinIrving

    BethinIrving Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Buff Orphington hen developed pox when she was around 5 months old. It did not spread to the other birds and she suffered no ill effects from the pox. In fact, it didn't seem to bother her at all.

    That one little hen is the one I have to keep a close eye on. If there's a germ flying around, she is the one who will catch it.
     
  7. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i'm in Northern California, and it is hovering just at or above 40 degrees at night. She has been quarantined alone since i got her about two weeks ago, so she hasn't been exposed to any other hens which might peck her. This sore has developed since i got her.

    It doesn't look as bad as all the fowl pox pics i have seen. The sore looks similar, but she just has the one. Maybe i'll try to clean it up today and put something on it.

    Put Iodine on it to dry it up.
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've heard of putting Iodine on it too if it's fowl pox. I've never seen fowl pox in person but it doesn't look like any pics of fowl pox I have seen...looks more like an injury from wire and blood drop. my two cents [​IMG]
     
  9. Poohbear

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    Pox for sure! Rest of the flock has already been exposed. Just seperate her from the ones that don't have pox until the black "Warts" go away. You can put meds on the warts but be careful you don't spread it on her. Pox is like a staph. It spreads by contact. You want to dry the warts up, not make them soft. Seems chickens either have "wet pox" or "dry pox". Not many have both. Wet pox is the worse because it will get in a chickens eyes and throat. jmo
     
  10. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have dealt with this in my flock for 2 months and had Dry Pox turn to Wet Pox and had to vaccinate my entire flock to stop the spread.
    Iodine full strength helps dry the pox be aware this is contagious through scabs, water, feed and even spread from your contact with your flock.

    If it Turns to wet Pox the only way to stop the spread is through vaccination.

    Signs of Wet Pox is Cheesy Growth in Mouth and throat that you have to remove with Q tip soaked in Iodine twice a day. If growths are not removed they will suffocated the chicken clogging his airways.
    Isolate all birds and wear rubber gloves when handleing them take all precautions to prevent spread.

    I lost 6 chickens some i put down due to suffering but had 2 suffocate over night thats how fast Wet Pox Growths can grow. My birds are all well now and i have not had another case of wet pox for almost a month. But i have still been vaccinateing any new birds i bring in as a precaution.
     

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