Crusty Brown Earlobe - Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cyclonechick, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Cyclonechick

    Cyclonechick Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a two - 5 month old Golden Laced Wyandotte chickens and one of them has an earlobe (left side) that is turning brownish/black and crusty. It looks like a scab but I wanted to reach out in case anyone knows what this is and offer any advice. Her other lobe looks healthy except for two teeny tiny brown spots.

    Thank you in advance!

    Pic 1 of left earlobe
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    Pic 2 of left earlobe
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    Picture of right earlobe
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She may have fowl pox, or has been pecked. Some times scabs will be on an infected ear with swelling, but if you have mosquitoes out right now, they can spread fowl pox virus. The scabs can start out pale tan, then turn darker to dark brown or black. The virus lasts about 3 weeks, and usually is not serious unless it gets in the throat or eyes.
     
  3. Cyclonechick

    Cyclonechick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the input! It hasn't swelled at all, but we'll keep an eye on it for sure. Fingers crossed it isn't anything serious!!
     

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