I've had my 3 hens for 2 months now, and this week I've had a severe reaction to them three times. My lip swells to about 3x the usual size and takes almost a day to go back to normal. I've never had any reaction to the hens before this week. I am alleric to cats, dust, mold, etc. and my symptoms then are sneezing and watery eyes. With my hens there is no sneezing or watery eyes, just this not at all attractive lip swelling. Since the first time it happened I've been paying more attention to what happens before I get the swelling reaction. It doesnt happen all the time. Tuesday evening I cleaned the coop, held the girls, had one on my lap petting her and nothing. But then definitely a reaction last night. It seems to happen when my hen Ester flies up on my shoulder so I'm thinking its a reaction to some dust or something she has on her that comes in contact with my lips when she flies up. Taking Benadryl didn't seem to do much. I also tried a steroid (prednizone, my father is a physician and I took it after consulting him) that I have when I get severe asthma and that made a difference, but the swelling was still there. Has anyone else experienced something like this or have heard of it? I'm now attached to my three girls so getting rid of them is not an option. I'm now trying to figure out how best to manage this allergy or whatever it is. Any ideas on what could be causing it could help. Or any pointers to information etc. I teach 200 undergrads Tues and Thurs at 8am, and lecturing with hugely swollen lips is really not the way to go. One student thought I had gone overboard on the collegan injections. Any and all suggestions appreciated! Thanks.