In the Brooder
- Jun 4, 2011
Please help! Four of my chicks have Wet Pocks. Is there a cure? What can I give them.
Lesions are on the eyes and beaks. One of the chicks one eye is totally closed. I will take photos and post them tomorrow.
Did you read either of the links I gave you in post #6? They may help to explain the disease better. It is a virus spread by mosquitoes, and lasts about 2-3 weeks. The scabs will eventually heal, and the chicken is only infectious while they have the scabs, so don't remove or disturb them. After having pox, they will be immune to that particular strain of the pox virus, and they are not carriers. Antibiotics do not treat the virus, but the eye infections they can get include bacterial and mycoplasma as secondary infections, so antibiotic eye ointment can help prevent infection and blindness. Oral antibiotics don't have any effect against the virus. There is a vaccine for birds who haven't already been exposed. Here is another link to read: http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/63/fowl-pox-pox-avian-pox/
Will the lesions fall off or is this permanent? I have never seen this before and I am not sure what to do. I have given them Terramycin and I put some ointment on their lesions. How long does this last? Three of my chicks have this disease. I think this is dry pox and not wet pox. They still eat so I think it is dry pox.