Dear Poultry Farmer,
Fowl Pox is a contagious viral disease of poultry. Mainly chicks are more susceptible and mortality rate is higher in this disease.
Fowl pox is a viral infection that impacts chickens and other avian species. It is caused by viruses of the family Poxviridae and the genus Avipoxvirus.
The disease is highly contagious, spreading rapidly in conditions where birds are kept in close contact. Proper flock management during this infection is most important.
Recognizing fowl pox symptoms early is crucial for prompt management and preventing its spread to the rest of your flock.
🐓 Fowl Pox develop lesions inside their mouth, throat, and upper respiratory tract. These lesions can lead to difficulty eating and breathing.
🐓 They might cause discomfort to the affected birds, leading to scratching and rubbing.
🐓 Generally, nodules found on featherless parts of body.
🐓 Nodules also found in the Combs, Eyes, Lips and Intestinal mucous.
🐓. There is no specific treatment against fowl pox.
🐓 But antibiotic may be used for prevention of secondary bacterial infection.
🐓 Affected areas should be cleaned with potash/ Alum.
🐓 Farm and all equipment should be clean with disinfectant.
🐓. Ensure a balanced and nutritious diet to support the chicken’s immune system.
🐓 Keep the environment clean and dry to prevent secondary bacterial infections.
🐓 Reduce stress factors such as overcrowding, sudden environmental changes, and handling.
🐓 Stress can weaken the immune system and prolong the recovery process.
🐓 Recovery time can vary depending on the lesions’ severity and the bird’s health. However, if fowl pox is not treated on time, the mortality rate in chickens exceeds 90 percent.
it’s crucial to maintain good biosecurity practices and stay informed about poultry diseases like fowl pox. With proper management and prevention measures, you can ensure the well-being of your flock.
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-By Godbold Chukwuebuka (Poultry Consultant | Poultry Evangelist | Poultry Specialist | Poultry Entrepreneur)