May 08, 2013 at 11:42am
I'm GT but No biologist lol but yeah...Seen It several times...Hard to tell from your Picture but yes it's (LPDV) lymphoproliferative disease virus or the more common Avian Pox. When I first seen this years ago, I assumed someone had shot at the Gobbler and the pellet holes had become infected but it's actually a cancer of turkey and chickens.
Avian pox is an infectious, contagious viral disease than may infect virtually any order of birds, either wild or domestic, including
wild and domestic turkeys. Like I said, Avian pox is a very common viral infection that produces clinical disease among wild turkeys, especially
from the eastern United States.
lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV )however was once known to occur in domestic turkeys in Europe and Israel, it was first recognized in wild North American turkeys in 2009. Sporadic cases have been identified every year since then, and its significance for wild turkey populations is unknown. However it does seem to be a disease that has spilled over from domestic to wild birds.
Rare cases of a similar disease has been seen in wild birds in North America, however, it was caused by another different, but related, virus. LPDV affects domestic chickens and turkeys. To date, LPDV has affected only turkeys in the wild, and both sexes can be affected. Wild turkeys have been diagnosed with the disease, including organ involvement, in Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Read up on Both and judge for yourself but I say it's Avian Pox....Great Gobbler BTW!!! 1 7/8 Spurs are daggers!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! Here's a Pic of Avian Pox