Hello, never made a post here so I apologize if I break any rules or screw anything up. Unfortunately my first has to come with ill news, as one of my Austrolorp's has a terrible illness.
That being said, I'll include some pictures below and describe it as well as I can. Roughly a week ago, I noticed she had some sort of swelling around her eye while I was locking up the coop, I included a picture showing the side with the swollen nostril, that's where the swelling originated surrounding the eye. I decided that since it was late, I would take a look the following morning.
Long story short, I didn't get around to looking at it until a few days later, and the swelling had almost completely subsided. I figured that since it had disappeared in such a short amount of time, there was no worry. And it disappeared completely soon after, so I figured that was the case.
Well, I was wrong. Its returned with a vengeance, and while the swelling around the eye isn't nearly as severe, the nostril-explosion is definitely something I'm worried about. I tried to figure out the illness or cause on my own, or how to treat it. But I found so many forum posts that said to do so many different things that I figured it would be safer just to make my own and provide as much information as I can.
I took pictures prior to trying to clean the muck or dirt out of her nostril, which should be fully visible in the pictures I took. I noticed that while trying to clean it out, there was a terrible smell, so much so that it made me gag. I'm not sure if this is relevant (although it probably is) but I'll include that as well. The original swelling went all around the eye, but it didn't appear to affect her nostril like it has now. For the time being I've separated her from the rest of the flock, and I'll finish cleaning out her nostril in the morning and post a few pictures here in a follow up post when I get the chance.
Anyways here are the pictures:
If anyone has an idea of what this is, or the best way to treat it. I'd be really thankful if they could post here with any information, and hopefully it will help somewhat.
I'll try to put some time aside to make a followup post regarding this tomorrow, any help is appreciated.