Infected Ears

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jill Richardson, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Jill Richardson

    Jill Richardson Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got 4 buff orpington chickens and I've had them now for a little more than week. They are about a few months old, and I think 3 are female and 1 is a rooster. One of the females has crusty, infected looking ears. She's had the problem for perhaps a week, and I am taking her to the vet today. Her behavior is 100% normal. Has anyone encountered this before? I will follow up here after the vet visit in case I find something out that can help others.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thanks for letting us know how this turns out. I just read on the duck thread about a duck with ear infection but haven't heard of a chicken.Hope this vet can help.
     
  3. Jill Richardson

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    The vet was clueless. The chicken's been sneezing too. He saw no real redness or irritation in her throat (good news) and the fact that she's been sick for a week and the other chickens haven't caught it rules out an awful lot of things. He gave me antibiotics to give her 2x/day for a week (the chicken hates it!). He also noted that she's thin and recommended general TLC. I thought about keeping her indoors (it's chilly out) I think she'll feel the least amt of stress if she's outside. I'd love to keep her away from the other chickens, and especially keep her poop away from theirs now that she's on antibiotics and their poop will be fertilizer in the garden (I'd prefer to discard the antibiotic-laced chicken poo) but I don't have anywhere suitable to keep her inside and the cats and dog, mostly the dog, will probably stress her out even worse. I fed her a snack of a bunch of worms as a treat after the vet trip, and I plan to keep giving her worms every day as a treat while we do these antibiotics.
     
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