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Ear infection or flystrike?

post #1 of 5
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noticed one of my SLW had a bump on its head, thought it might have been from a branch falling during high winds, but on closer inspection there is a scabby bridge thing from the ear to the top of the head and the head is swollen, there is also another small growth behind the large lump. Chicken is about 8 months old or so, current nutra-drench in water and bluekote on the wound. It should be noted that some of the chickens have been pecking each other lately, could this have been a peck that got infected

 

 

post #2 of 5

Looks as if it might be an abscess that has opened and is draining.  You might want to apply some antibiotic ointment.

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post #3 of 5
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so yank the scab and a little bacitracin? It looks to be coming from her ear, the swollen part on top is throwing me off

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any other opinions

post #5 of 5

I would use some hydrogen peroxide (just once) and some QTips to probe the wound to see if there is any pus inside. Clean off any dark crusts, and squeeze a bit. Then use some bacitracin or other antibiotic ointment on it twice a day. Vetericyn would also work. Make sure you have someone to hold her and cover her face with a small towel. Avoid the eyes with any of the cleaning. Let us know how she is in a day or two. 

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