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Growth near ear

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tiffenyb79, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. tiffenyb79

    tiffenyb79 In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2016
    Dublin, Ohio
    This is one of our Buff Orpington's, she is 1 year old, about 4.5lbs, eating and drinking normally. We discovered this growth about a day ago. She is being a little more vocal than normal. Our other chickens are just fine and don't seem to have anything wrong with them. Any clue what this growth may be?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    She may have been bitten by a tick, since it looks darker in color and swollen. I have seen some pictures of swollen wattles from ticks that did this. Apparently, from what a vet told one client, is that ticks secrete a blood thinner that can cause the bluish color similar to bruising. Is the earlobe soft or can you feel anything hard? If you think it could be a tick bite, you could give her 1/2 of a children's Benadryl one time to see if the swelling goes down. Let us know if you see other symptoms, or think it is a tumor, and how she gets along.

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