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help!!! chickens with swollen faces

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by urban chicks, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. urban chicks

    urban chicks In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2012
    I noticed that some of my chickens faces were swollen, one of the chickens face was swollen on both sides and, one was swollen on one side. it has been very cold here, temperatures as low as 5*F. could it be because of the cold? the swelling went down a bit today, but not gone completely. any help

  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Is it their faces or their wattles? Can you post a picture?
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Aren't you treating a respiratory disease? I agree with posting a picture. Swollen faces or eyes are usually a respiratory disease such as mycoplasma or coryza. Wattles can be swollen in frostbite, fowl cholera, and in coryza.
  4. urban chicks

    urban chicks In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2012
    yes i am treating a chicken for respiratory disease but thats a different hen, cant post a picture because its almost gone and it doesn't show on camera bc the swelling went down, but a few days ago it was swollen pretty big just the face not the comb or wattles. its almost gone now especially since i used DE. what do you guys think it is/was?
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    In your other thread you were going to treat with Tylan shots. Did that help too? Mycoplasma and coryza cause swelling in the face or around the eyes, usually when the sinuses become swollen. Coryza has a bad odor, and there may be pus in the eyes. This is from the link I posted in your other thread from University of Florida:
    Mycoplasma gallisepticum

    Synonyms: MG, chronic respiratory disease (CRD), infectious sinusitis, mycoplasmosis
    Species affected: chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks, peafowl and passerine birds.
    Clinical signs: Clinical symptoms vary slightly between species. Infected adult chickens may show no outward signs if infection is uncomplicated. However, sticky, serous exudate from nostrils, foamy exudate in eyes, and swollen sinuses can occur, especially in broilers. The air sacs may become infected. Infected birds can develop respiratory rales and sneeze. Affected birds are often stunted and unthrifty (see Table 1).
    There are two forms of this disease in the turkey. With the "upper form" the birds have watery eyes and nostrils, the infraorbitals (just below the eye) become swollen, and the exudate becomes caseous and firm. The birds have respiratory rales and show unthriftiness.
    With the "lower form", infected turkeys develop airsacculitis. As with chickens, birds can show no outward signs if the infection is uncomplicated. Thus, the condition may go unnoticed until the birds are slaughtered and the typical legions are seen. Birds with airsacculitis are condemned.
    MG in chicken embryos can cause dwarfing, airsacculitis, and death.
    Transmission: MG can be spread to offspring through the egg. Most commercial breeding flocks, however, are MG-free. Introduction of infected replacement birds can introduce the disease to MG-negative flocks. MG can also be spread by using MG-contaminated equipment.
    Treatment : Outbreaks of MG can be controlled with the use of antibiotics. Erythromycin, tylosin, spectinomycin, and lincomycin all exhibit anti-mycoplasma activity and have given good results. Administration of most of these antibiotics can be by feed, water or injection. These are effective in reducing clinical disease. However, birds remain carriers for life.
    Prevention: Eradication is the best control of mycoplasma disease. The National Poultry Improvement Plan monitors all participating chicken and turkey breeder flocks.
  6. urban chicks

    urban chicks In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2012
    thank you for the info, yes i am still treating her i still have about 4 more shots
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    What did you use the DE for?

  8. ten chicks

    ten chicks Songster

    May 9, 2013
    DE will not cure any illness,it is not an antibiotic nor an antibacterial product. Did you rub it on her face? Swelling may have been the result of a peck or some other type of injury.
  9. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

    Jan 12, 2010
    keep in mind... if your flock gets MG.. they will always be infected and will infect chicks through the egg and any new birds added. Don't sell eggs for hatching or birds to other people unless you can rule out MG.

    There is the possibility if you cull your flock, sanitize and let the coop and yard rest a while, you can get new birds that will be ok.

    DE is only used as an aide to help keep external parasites under control and minimize risk of internal ones. It will not get rid of them if the bird has them already.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    One chicken is being treated for respiratory disease and had a swollen face. Some more have swollen faces.
    Eggcessive, thanks for bringing up that other thread, it helps to have all the facts.

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