Mold? on Hen's face

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MrGreenMachine, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. MrGreenMachine

    MrGreenMachine New Egg

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    Just noticed today by my wife. This hen has what appears to be mold on her face. Behavior seems normal, she's eating and drinking, wandering around with everyone else. They are free range all day, only cooped up at night. I couldnt get a look at her up close tonight. I'll look better tomorrow but any thoughts on what I'm looking at?
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  2. IN-farmgirl

    IN-farmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think it might be just the natural coloration? Or possibly just dirt? I've never heard of mold on a chicken. Does it wipe off? Why do you think it is mold?
     
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's her ear lobe.
     
  4. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is where her ear is. Does the other side look about the same? There should be feathers there that cover the area to protect her ear.

    Keep us posted!
     
  5. MrGreenMachine

    MrGreenMachine New Egg

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    Not her natural color I dont think as it just appeared in the last couple of days. Nothing on the opposite side like it. It looks a little better today. I'm about to go and try and get her off the roost to see if she'll let me brush at it to see if it will wipe away. I'll take another picture as well.
     
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Try searching the forum for ear infection , there are some posts and pics that may help.
     
  7. MrGreenMachine

    MrGreenMachine New Egg

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    It's not mold. It's swollen in that area and missing feathers. My wife thought mold based on the color initially. I'm kind of color blind myself. She doesn't seem in distress so I guess I'll get some topical and put it on her. Here's a close up pic of the affected area and the opposite side for comparison.
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    Nifty thanks for the link search.. I beleive it's an infection as I found another poster in early January same thing. Guess I'll try to get her to the vet.
     
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  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    ouchies! wonder what it is?? [​IMG]
     
  9. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her upper neck is swollen too. I would give her a general antibiotic and inspect her ear.

    I've never seen anything quite like it. Normally IMO chickens faces swell or their crops distend.

    If she was a human I'd say ear infection and tonsillitis.

    Of please treat her for mites with frontline spray-chickens that aren't feeling the best get mites easily.
     

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