Swollen lobe on cockerel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wynette, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I had a Jersey Giant cockerel transported (a friend attending the show took him) to a recent poultry show in Knoxville, TN for a customer. He was completely sound and in good health when I packed him up on Thursday evening. The customer unpacked him on Monday when she returned home from the show and noticed his ear lob was slightly swollen. He is fine otherwise, is eating well, drinking, acting completely normal. The other lobe is unaffected. She started him on a round of general antibiotics in case he had some sort of infection.

    The next day, the lobe was even more swollen. She sent me this pic:


    It appears there MAY be a small cut toward the bottom left-hand side of the picture, but that may just be a feather.

    I can't think of anything that would make an ear lob swell like this, only on one side. It doesn't appear to be bothering him in the least, but we obviously need to get this healed.

    Any ideas?
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Perhaps a spider or insect bite. Possibly sinusitis. I recommend that he should be monitored for a few days and see if the swelling goes down. If not, consider getting him started on tetracycline or tylan.

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