Posted 08-19-2003 at 10:35:01
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Sounds like Fowl Pox to me .Its no biggie if its dry not wet. Fowl Pox is a viral disease of chicken, turkeys and other birds distinguished by wart like lesions on the head, neck, legs and feet Some mosquitoes can transmit the virus from infected to uninfected birds. The virus can be also transmitted by injury to the skin. You may try antibiotic ointment on lesions. Follow the link for pix on pox’s.
Hi there. Sorry that you have that virus running in your flocks, but just rest assured that if you can get it to go away then your birds will at least have some immunity to it in the future.
In the mean time, I personally would NOT recommend using any antibiotics as a preventative. That type of practice is one of the reasons why there are more cases of thrush and bacterial imbalances in the gut than there should be out there in backyard-poultry-land. Instead, I would recommend boosting the health of your poultry in ways that will benefit them rather than decreased their beneficial bacterial load.
Try increasing the quality of their feed while they're ill. For example, I have had good luck feeding starter crumbles to my birds while they had pox for two reasons. First, it's a little higher protein which during illness is of benefit. Second, it's of a smaller texture which makes it easier for the birds to swallow and process. Remember, any time your birds are under stress, their gut slows down. When their gut slows down, their gizzard and crop have a harder time doing their jobs, so make it easier for them.
Make sure they have good fresh food and absolutely clean water at all times. That will help keep their appetite up. They feel crummy, and crummy feeling birds tend not to eat. The inclusion of something like boiled/mashed egg yolks, or probiotics, would definitely help them pass through their illness a little more easily.
Keep your birds in a place where you can disinfect after the illness has run its course. Remember, those scabs carry the disease. If you remove the scabs (I don't unless there's an infection beneath) then put them in a ziplock baggy. Watch those lesions carefully. Most of them will have some exudate beneath, but not necessarily an infection. If you see possible infections, you can swab the unfeathered sections where the lesions are with an iodine solution. Mix warm water with enough iodine to make a tea-colored solution, or darker, and carefully swab that on the areas where lesions appear. Just be sure that the iodine doesn't get in the eyes or nostrils.
In the mean time, if you live somewhere where there are wild birds or mosquitos, consider putting a vaccination program in place. Many people vaccinate in the late summer or early fall in the south (now's a good time) because there's still enough warmth to keep the birds at a good temperature during their illness (versus chilling). Also, this gives people who show enough time for the infection to run its course and the birds to get back in shape for winter and the late year shows.
In any case, watch for any signs that the birds aren't breathing, and check your worst birds for any evidence of patches in the throat. If either of these symptoms occur, you might have WET pox in your flocks and you'll want to medicate immediately. Otherwise, make your birds comfy, have patience. I found my flocks took anywhere from 1 week to In any case, watch for any signs that the birds aren't breathing, and check your worst birds for any evidence of patches in the throat. If either of these symptoms occur, you might have WET pox in your flocks and you'll want to medicate immediately. Otherwise, make your birds comfy, have patience. I found my flocks took anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks to completely recover, although the average in the bad cases (northern birds exposed to the first time to souther mosquitos) took about 4 weeks til the birds were of good health with minimal scabs remaining.