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This is NOT GOOD guys- Important Read for ALL

Saw a bunch of hens and poults today and a hen and several poults looked like this.
Not sure what this is maybe a WCO can chime in with some info.
The hens head was covered with these boils.

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Re: This is NOT GOOD guys- Important Read for ALL

<span style="font-weight: bold">UPDATE</span>from what I found on the net this could be avian pox which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
It is not "supposed" to be harmful to humans, couldn't find anything about pets though.
It is said to be fairly common but in forty odd years of hunting and studying the wild turkey I have never seen it before. Sure aint purdy!

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From Game Comm. site:
B. Avian pox - A viral disease that affects all gallinaceous birds but is not a limiting factor for wild turkeys. Symptoms are lethargy and the development of wartlike growths or lesions on the unfeathered parts of the bird such as the head, legs, feet, eyelids and margins of the beak. This disease is transmitted by mosquitoes so it is more prevalent in wet years. If the turkey's respiratory system is not infected, it will recover from the disease.
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