Pullet with Swollen Cheeks/Face

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JewelBirds, May 22, 2017.

  1. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2017
    Hi all,
    I have a 7-8 week old Leghorn pullet with swollen cheeks. Her eyes are fine, and she doesn't seem to be exhibiting any other symptoms or odd behavior. Any ideas on what this could be? She currently lives with 13 other pullets in the garage, and none of them have the same thing. Here's a few pictures:

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  2. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2016
    Cassville Missouri
    Here is an answer to swollen cheek from
    Expert: Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 6 years ago.
    Hi Jane,
    Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your hen.

    It's hard to know what is causing the swelling without seeing her and taking samples, but based on the location, it sounds as though she could have sinusitis.

    Mycoplasma, bordetella, hemophilus, and avian influenza can all cause sinusitis. The infections could spread to her periorbital sinuses, which could cause more swelling and affect vision.

    The best treatment would be to have her examined by an avian vet or housecall vet, and to take a sample for culture and cytology. Doxycycline or tetracycline could be administered ( I cannot provide dosing online.) However, if the sinuses are distended with caseous (thick, cheese-like) exudate, then the antibiotics will not penetrate adequately. Surgery is needed to clear the exudate so that the antibiotics will be effective.

    Unfortunately, if this is severe sinusitis, without surgery, the outlook is poor
  3. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2017
    Thank you for this link. I looked it over though and she doesn't have those other symptoms. I suppose it could be sinusitis, but I am not sure that there is an underlying disease causing it. Perhaps she is just allergic to something, like the bedding or pollen (everything is starting to bloom now and the garage door is open on warm days). I'll have to keep observing her and see if I missed something.
  4. Abriana

    Abriana Flock Master

    Apr 26, 2017
    the Swan Pond
    I thought leghorns had big combs. Is this a leghorn or a cornish cross? she looks like a cornish cross to me.
  5. JewelBirds

    JewelBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2017
    It should be a Leghorn. We got them at TSC and they were not selling Cornish cross there so I don't see how they could've been mixed up. I am new to chickens so I would be the last to know so I will have to research that.
    Her cheeks have gotten better btw to anyone who wants to know. Must have been an allergy or reaction of some sort.

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