One bloody and swollen wattle on hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Featherfamily, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Featherfamily

    Featherfamily Hatching

    Aug 21, 2014
    My 5 year old buff orpington has just one swollen and bloody/scabby wattle. She doesn't show any other symptoms or seem to be bothered by it, but it is slowly growing. [​IMG]

    (this was taken a week ago and the wattle has doubled in size now)

    We do have bees in the same area as the chickens, so it could possibly be a bee sting. Although, I'm not sure if a sting would last a week.

    Any help will be appreciated.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would try to get some help from your local vet if they know about chickens. Swollen wattles can be a result of certain diseases, such as infectious coryza or fowl cholera, but some have reported a swollen wattle from insect or tick bites. Tick bites sometimes can also turn the wattle bluish and cause bleeding inside the wattle, which seems a little like your picture. An abscess could also cause the hole if it started leaking pus. I would try to find out what is really wrong with testing, but you could apply a warm wet compress to it unless it causes a lot of pain to her. Vetericyn spray from feed stores is very good to spray on wounds to help prevent infection. Lastly a tumor could be a problem. The swelling near her beak should be investigated. Does she have a bad odor near her face?
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2016

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