Ear infection?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DragonClaw01, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens, I saw had some wierd lump on her face, it looked like her earlobe, but with no feathers I wanted to catch her to inspect it, but the geese chased her away and I only just now have been able to catch her.


    She is a Black Australorp. And when I caught her I noticed there are now two bulgy pale lumps on her that seem to be some sort of skin/comb/ear infection.

    She doesn't seem too bothered by this, but what can I do to get rid of it? What cause it/What is it and is there a preventative?

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  2. DwayneNLiz

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    So strange but it also looks like a 3rd lump is coming, above her eye which will probably affect her vision
    is it hard to the touch?
    it is almost like an infected feather follicle
    can you apply an ointment or warm damp cloth to try to drain it?
    lance it, or cut it open then apply topical antibiotic, maybe even an oral one too

    hopefully others will have more input
     
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    Looks like tumours to me....Or a cyst of some kind??
    Strange....Sorry I can not help...
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    It does look like possible tumors or abscesses. Looks like a few more coming along in a line. The one farthest back looks to be right on her ear. You might try opening one to see if they contain a solid core of pus. Abscesses can occur with pecking, and fowl pox. Let us know what happens.
     
  5. DragonClaw01

    DragonClaw01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure how hard it is, I will try and drain one. Can I do it with a syringe?

    I'm pretty worried.
     
  6. DwayneNLiz

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    I would soak it with a hot damp rag mix the hot water with Epsom salt if you have it then try to lance it or cut it open
     
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  7. DragonClaw01

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    Why epsom salt? What about table salt?
     
  8. DwayneNLiz

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    NO!!! Epsom salts draw out infection! It's medicinal

    Sorry
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    You could just clean it with some betadine and lance it. If you squeeze a lot and get pus or a cheese-like material it may be an abscess, but if there is just blood, it may be a tumor.
     
  10. DwayneNLiz

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    Soaking it will also help loosen it up and make it softer
     

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