I am not sure but I think my new rooster (hand-me-down,got him last night) has infected ears. There are big, swollen balls, the size of large hazelnut, just above the ear lobes. I am guessing that his ear holes are the crusty, draining things in the center. These balls are sort of hanging off the side of the head and are in the red, featherless tissue. I will post pictures later but wanted to get some input as soon as possible. Anyway, he seems to be acting very normal - alert, moving about, bright comb, etc. Thanks for any input.