I caught my main rooster, Rocky, this morning, just because I like to let him know who's the boss sometimes. While I was holding and petting him, I noticed that both of his ears had what I thought was dirt blocking them, imbedded in the surrounding feathers. I cleared out one side without a problem, except for a very large squirming rooster. On the other side, as the "dirt" began to break away, I noticed a cheesy look, orange-yellow, kind of like nacho cheese color. Inside the ear, that's exactly what it looked like and about the consistency of smooth melted cheese. I brought him in the house and with a Q-tip carefully cleaned it out. It didn't smell bad and he did not seem to be in pain, but of course when I let him go outside he went running off shaking his head. His ears otherwise were not inflamed or redder than usual and he is of normal weight and activity. Is this normal, or is it something I should be watching? You can bet I will be catching him much more often for a while and checking his ears. He's not going to be a happy roo - it's so degrading to let yourself be caught in front of your girls!