Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

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Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

Postby sharron » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:44 pm

Seems that some chookens i bought in from the north island may have avain pox, I have never encountered it before so please any advise help info treatment, whatever on it would be appreciated
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Re: Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

Postby Luci » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:13 pm

*Avian/fowl pox is known to occur in the northern areas of the North Island. It is spread by biting insects. Control by vaccination is common in large commercial flocks in areas where it is prevalent.
**Treatment - removal of the virus lipid envelope using lipid solvents ( dilute quarternary ammonium compounds) or application of an eye spray made up of a mixture of 6ml Tylan 50 Injection, 1.5ml Betadine andn100ml Water for Injection ( this is a sterile solution) 2 - 4 times daily until the lesions have resolved.
Nutritional, antibiotic & physical supportive treatment should also be given.

References as noted by asterisk * or ** -
*Healthy Free Range Hens - Neil Christensen

**Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Waterfowl ed. Peter H Beynon, British Small Animal Veterinary Association

I suggest you see your vet. If this is the correct diagnosis, your vet will be able to make up the solution above for you & provide the appropriate antibiotics for the secondary infections which generally accompany this disease
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Re: Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

Postby chicibo » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:07 am

Thanks for your advice Luci. I had heard of it, though I have not encountered it. Helpful for future reference. :D
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Re: Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

Postby sharron » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:50 am

I had to smile at *see a Vet* the reality is that vets get a 10 day course related to Avians (if they are lucky) in a 5 year study course to qualify. My Vets had to look up the same info that i did to get a diagnosis, the difference being i recognised what the chookens had and the Vet didnt. Poultry keepers tend to have more experience with the afflictions that befall chookens. So on that note its usally more practical to find out what others have experienced and how they treated their birds and what worked for them.
Not knocking Vets at all and i would have given the same advise, because they can adminsiter the drugs that are needed 8-)
I had already started treating with Emu oil, and went on to continue treatment with Tecaderm (funnily enough its an emu oil base)
The chookens are responding well to this treatment, we decided not to remove the scabs after hearing another chooken keepers experience with avian pox, she found the birds that she did not remove the scabs from did better healing wise than the birds she removed the scabs from.

To me the habit of [url][url]isolating new stock [/url][/url]for a month or more proved once again its worth.
Other things that you can do to lessen the likely hood of your birds contracting this is use insect sprays in their housing, you know the ones that squirt at intervals (cant think what they are called but available in the supermarkets and hardware stores)
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Re: Avian Pox or Fowl Pox

Postby Luci » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:02 pm

I am very aware or the limited knowledge that the majority of vets have relating to birds & I too, find it very frustrating .
They may not recognise the pox viral infection if they do not know much about poultry which will either kill the bird or the bird will build up immunity to it & cannot be treated with drugs, but the resulting bacterial infection is secondary to the viral infection & treatable with antibiotics. Antibiotics are only available through a vet. The knowledge the vet has about infections in any animal would indicate what the correct antibiotic to use is, & hopefully will confirm the best one to use by analysis of a blood sample.
Any bird with a viral infection will be likely to have an immune system that is working overtime & is unlikely to be able to deal effectively with a secondary bacterial infection on top of that without getting more debilitated.
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