swollen red lump below hen's ear

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by afj6710, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. afj6710

    afj6710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out in the run earlier, I noticed that one of the hens has a swollen, purple and red mass just below her ear. Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Some sort of gland that is abscessed?
     
  2. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you post a picture of it?
     
  3. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same problem (sorry cant put photos on) If anyone can suggest what this is that would be great (would like solution ASAP)
     
  4. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    2 barred rock 1 white leghorn pullet
     
  5. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    lump on barred rock
     
  6. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    The lump looks like a small donut shape
     
  7. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry it is not very clear it would not stay still
     
  8. Chichengod

    Chichengod Out Of The Brooder

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    Lump is above ear
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I think that your chicken may have an ear infection. Those can be caused from mites or even a respiratory infection. The swelling looks pretty significant, so I would try to get a vet to see her. If you can't she needs some antibiotics like clavamox or amoxicillin, or a sulfa drug like SMZ-TMP (bactrim). You can try cleaning out the ear with hydrogen peroxide and Q-Tips if you can get inside there, but there may be too much swelling. Does she have any respiratory symptoms such as watery eyes, nasal drainage, or rattles/wheezes?
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014

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