So I checked all my birds last night, and noticed something funny in my Cornish's ear. Her ear was swollen and there was this thing growing in it... it looked like a flakey piece of cracked corn. I pulled it out gently with and it was huge! About the size of a candy corn and the same shape. It was the color and texture of pale chedder cheese and the top part, where it had dried, looked like cracked corn. I cleaned her ear out gently with a qtip and a little bit of rubbing alcohol, and checked the other ear only to find a much smaller version of the same thing (but it was too deep to pull out without hurting her). The ear looked a little sore and a little swollen after I pulled it out, but nothing serious. She has no other symptoms. She's a healthy weight, she's molting, she's very perky, has a great appetite, she's about 1 1/2 years old. Only off thing was that she has mites, which I will treating very soon. Could the mites be getting inside her ear and causing an infection? Could this be ear canker (I couldn't find any info on that but my friend has dealt with it so I was going off his description)? This happened to my Modern's nose a few years ago. Same stuff. And the roo in her coop has the same "corn kernels" stuck in the grooves of his comb. Is it just dirt and gobbley gook that got stuck and caused a small infection? Any ideas?