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Help please - my hen's ear is swollen!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farmer Trish, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Farmer Trish

    Farmer Trish Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2013
    Hi - can someone please help me? My young hen has a huge swollen mass either near her ear or on her ear (see photo). It's been getting bigger over the last week. She's sitting on eggs so Id rather not take her to the vet if I can help it. Do you think I need to take her to the vet?[​IMG]
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    As Eggcessive said, it looks like an ear infection. Penicillin would be a good antibiotic to use. For a normal five pound chicken, the dosage is 1/4 to 1/2 ccs. You inject it into the breast muscle usually, once daily for 5-7 days.
  4. Farmer Trish

    Farmer Trish Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your advice. I ended up taking her to the vet who unfortunately said it was a tumor and nothing could be done about it. Sadly she passed away within the week! [​IMG]

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