Chickens and The Pox

We’ve had a rough animal week here at TEH. Hank, our outdoor cat, got into a scuffle with something (cat, raccoon, who knows) and had to go to the vet to get an abscess lanced. It was really gross.

And then, our chickens came down with the pox! Fowl Pox, that is. This is the first time we’ve experienced any problems with the chickens – they’ve been relatively low maintenance and healthy thus far. Anyway – after a little research, it turns out there isn’t much you can do to help your chickens through this type of illness. Fowl pox is a slow moving virus that can infect backyard flocks through contact with mosquitos and wild birds – and unfortunately all of our chickens are already affected, so quarantining won’t help.

The ladies don't mind modeling - even with Fowl Pox
The ladies don’t mind modeling – even with Fowl Pox

The main symptom of fowl pox is small lesions on the chickens’ combs and wattles. This should clear up in a few weeks. Outside of general lethargy – the other potential symptom shows up as reduced egg production. Our 2 Rhode Island Reds (Lucy and Rhonda) have continued to lay pretty much every day so far – apparently the Barred Rock hens (Ethel and Phyllis) have decided they do not want to contribute any eggs and will continue to live as freeloaders for as long as possible.

If you have any experience with Fowl Pox, or have any advice – let me know!

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2 thoughts on “Chickens and The Pox

  1. My Silver-laced wyandotte may have the pox. She is eating and drinking well, but her egg production is down. She also has lottle black speckles on her comb. The other two seem unaffected, but I am sure that will probably change. We are swarmed with mosquitoes here with our humidity, mild weather and frequent rain. I have been keeping an eye on her, and the others, just to make sure they don’t get too sick.

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