Curious if anyone has any experience with this. My roo has some sort of bacterial infection in his ear. About a week ago I noticed that his ear looked swollen. He had NOT been acting strange or scratching at it or showing ANY signs of irritation whatsoever, and it was only that I 'hang out' with my chickens from time to time that I noticed anything was wrong. I brought him in and let me tell you that ear STANK! ewwww! Anyway, I put him on tetracycline and as soon as my friend (a nurse) could come over, we carefully cleaned his ear and put triple antibiotic ointment in there. I kept him in as the weather was rainy and cold and just plain icky, and I wanted to watch him. He was very calm while we treated him and did NOT at any time shake his head or act like what we were doing to him bothered him at all. Next day my other friend (a vet tech) was able to come over and her boss (the vet) had loaned her some tools and some ear/eye wash and some antibiotic drops (which I could not keep without paying the $50 it cost) and she pulled out a bunch of cream colored cheesy like stuff from deeper in his ear. He only showed mild discomfort because she was carefully going a bit deeper,...but she got it all out. Washed it out with the wash the vet gave her and then put triple antibiotic ointment in there and let him rest. Next couple days his ear has remained clear, the stink is all gone and the color is very good...and he did not scratch at it or anything... This morning it looks like the cheese is back in there again, and tho it still looks good, I personally feel that by now - a week - this should be clearing up a lot better than it is. He's been scratching at it today as well. It will be tomorrow before I can get the assistance to clear the cheese out of his ear again. SO - my question is, is there a stronger antibiotic I can give him than tetracycline that will work on a bacterial infection? I have Norocillin injectable on hand. I do have Tylan, and while it's great for respiratory stuff like CRD which is bacterial in nature, I'm not sure it will help with an ear infection. I want this guy to get better and get back in with his girls! So does he! I'd appreciate any help with this one. We've had a very wet mild winter here in Virginia this year and I"m sure the bacteria of all kinds are having quite the party in every chicken yard and elsewhere. Thanks all!