Ear Infection Need Help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FluffyFlockLove, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a silkie rooster who had a hard build up in one ear sticking about a centimeter out of it, had to use tinny tweezers to pull it out. It was yellow, had and kind of waxy. The other ear had build up of the same time on the out side, when I pulled it off a whitish, yellow liquid came pouring out for a little while. He was the only one like that. Do I need to take him to a vet What could be the cause? I couldn't see any sign of mites, not sure if the waxy stuff was fungus and other then standing alone being quiet when I first caught him he's fine. He has a healthy appetite, is drinking and seems alert since I cleaned his ears as best as I could.
    Any idea what the cause is?
    What can I do to help him recover faster?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It sounds like he has an ear infection. Some causes would be respiratory illness, mites/lice and sometimes like you suspect a buildup of something (dirt/debris, etc.) Since Silkies ears are more "under cover" I would think they may be more prone to this type of thing.

    Since there was drainage and not just a solidified plug, you may need antibiotic treatment as well. If you have access to a vet, they can prescribe some antibiotics for you. Otherwise, keep watch on it and keep it cleaned it out the best you can.

    Make sure he is eating/drinking well. Add some poultry vitamins to his water a couple of times a week and give him some extra protein like egg or tuna.

    I hope he does well. Keep us posted.


    Here's a couple of links on ear infections:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/831156/really-nasty-ear-infection-in-a-silkie-hen-graphic-pics

    @dawg53 gives good instructions on cleaning the ear on post#3
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/919235/ear-infection-in-rooster
     
  3. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He had hard pudgy build up in one ear and dranage in the other ear. Both ears are infected.
     

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