Swollen waddles and ear lobes in rooster

Farm_life3

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I have a Sicilian Buttercup rooster who was fine a few days ago. I recently went down to gather eggs and noticed his ear lobes and waddles are swollen huge. The waddles have nothing but air in them, but he is wheezing and he smells like infection. Any suggestions? He has been separated and given antibiotics.
 

Shezadandy

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View attachment 1918874 I have a Sicilian Buttercup rooster who was fine a few days ago. I recently went down to gather eggs and noticed his ear lobes and waddles are swollen huge. The waddles have nothing but air in them, but he is wheezing and he smells like infection. Any suggestions? He has been separated and given antibiotics.

Any sign of injury? I'm guessing something happened that compromised his breathing if air is entering his waddles like that. I don't have much in the way of suggestions, but if you can post which antibiotic he was given, and look in and around his head and neck for injuries. Wetting the feathers down can make it easier to see the skin- I would check under his beak/throat area.
 

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Welcome to BYC. I would isolate him and if he should die, get a necropsy by your state vet. Both coryza and fowl cholera can cause swelling of the wattles. Coryza is said to cause a bad odor and other respiratory symptoms. Most people cull for those 2 diseases, since they are contagious, and make carriers of the flock. If your chose to treat with antibiotics, sulfadimethoxine or bactrim are the ones to use. Sorry you are dealing with this. Here is some reading about coryza:
https://thepoultrysite.com/disease-guide/infectious-coryza
 

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