Bantam Hen Swollen Face + Wattles + Ear Lobes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anna mossette, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. anna mossette

    anna mossette Out Of The Brooder

    29
    1
    26
    Feb 14, 2013
    North Alabama
    Wondering if any one has any thoughts on this:

    My husband went to let the birds out yesterday morning and one of our mixed breed bantam hens face, wattles, earlobes and one eye were significantly swollen as well as her eyes are slightly dilated. It had been below freezing the night before. They are housed in a sturdy solid wood coop, we closed all the windows for the winter with the exception of a narrow ventilation space just below the roof. (we have since put heat lamps in the coop)

    She does not have any mucus, or drainage. She is not acting sick, has a good appetite and is drinking plenty of water. I do not think it is Marek's (I hope it is not) and none of the other birds are exhibiting any symptoms.
    We brought her inside, put her in a bathroom where I ran the shower and added some eucalyptus to the water so she could inhale the steam. It seemed to help but only slightly.
    If anyone has had a similar situation and may know what this could be I would greatly appreciate your in put.

    Pictures Attached

    Many Thanks in Advance
    Anna Mossette

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,286
    3,327
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Is it possible that she was bitten by a tick or insect? Those can cause similar symptoms, but usually those symptoms are associated with mycoplasma (MG) infection of the respiratory tract and sinuses. If you suspect a tick or insect bite, you can try giving a half of a childrens dose of Benadryl or 1/4 of a 25 mg tablet orally, but only give it one time. For respiratory diseases such as MG, coryza, and others, Tylan 50 is frequently used. Dosage for a bantam would be 1/4 ml orally for 5 days, or given as a shot into the breast for 3 days. Here is a good link to read about respiratory diseases: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  3. anna mossette

    anna mossette Out Of The Brooder

    29
    1
    26
    Feb 14, 2013
    North Alabama
    EGGCESSIVE Thank You so very much for your reply.

    I inspected her closely and could not see any puncture wounds, but that doesn't mean they were not there. I gave her a Bantam size dose of Children's Benadryl last night and today she is looking so much better this morning. Allergic reaction did not ever dawn on me. Thank you again.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,286
    3,327
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Your welcome, and I'm so glad the benadryl helped. If you notice more insects or ticks, then dusting her with Sevin dust or permethrin may help to keep them away.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by