Worst Case Scenario/Foul Pox and Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Harli50, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Harli50

    Harli50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    We just had a chicken just drop dead this morning for no reason. I have done some research on Foul Pox and we found out we have the pox and we have a pretty bad case of mites. I'm just wondering what did the poor chick die from? She had one of the less severe cases of the pox and we didn't find any mites on her, some of our roosters are COVERED in the giant pox and are doing alright. We've dusted our chickens before fair and we think we got the pox and mites AGAIN from the fair. Whats the worst the mites could do? Also I bought some DE and was wondering how to use it to get rid of the mites. (The store wasn't clear with the how)
    Thank you, Harli.
  2. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    Sorry to say but mites wil kill a chicken and DE will not be effective in treating an infestation. You need to purchase Sevin or Permethryn to treat the chickens, their housing and nesting boxes, you can dust the chickens and their coop, change all bedding too. once treated repeat in 7 - 10 days to ensure you rid all of any hatching mites.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Chickens can drop dead suddenly for many different reasons. If one has chickens for any length of time it will probably happen. Heart attacks, weak organs, what have you. Most diseases will have symptoms. Pox can show up anywhere there are mosquitoes. There is a vaccine available for birds that haven't been exposed. Sevin dust works very well on mites and lice.
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    I had a couple with mild pox go off their feed and starve to death before I could get them caught and treated.

  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Mites will kill chickens absolutely...I would do as Suzie said and make sure you retreat as she stated.
  6. Harli50

    Harli50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    I went out last night and dusted them all again. hope it helps.
  7. Harli50

    Harli50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    THANK YOU!! Those were quite helpful and I greatly appreciate it.
  8. chynasparks

    chynasparks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2013
    I think my little flock of 4 has dry foul pox. I'm so inexperienced raising chickens. I feel so bad, like I didn't do right by them. I thought the scabs were from the rooster. He doesn't have any scabs at all. After reading up, I think it's the dry pox. I don't know what to do for them it explains why they are eating less. I haven't filled the gravity feeder in a while. They used eat like crazy. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    here is a link for you with diagnosis charts at bottom

    I hope this helps.

    Here is a pic:

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