Ear infection

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Ear infection

Postby llvonn » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:48 pm

Hi
I have a chook with an ear infection. Her head on one side is swollen, and her ear is weeping. When I first noticed, I took her to the vet. She has had one course of antibiotics which hasn't worked. I cleaned the wound daily, but failed to realise that the ear was blocked by some solid yellow spongy stuff which I removed in the last two days of the course. . I unfortunately had to remove some of the feathers covering her ear. She is currently in isolation, but I am not too happy about that as she does not have much room to move about. She is very placid when I check her each morning and does not complain much when I inspect the area - which is concerning as she does not usually like being handled.

Someone suggested to me to put a mix of garlic juice and olive oil in her ear - would that be a good idea? I do not think the antibiotic worked as the swelling has not gone down. She also appears to have lost feathers on her tummy which is a little red, however that could be the result of the confinement (a small hutch usually used for broodies). Doesn't seem to be pooping much and shows little interest in food. I'm not sure if she is eating the food I am giving her or the wild birds are.
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Re: Ear infection

Postby Marina » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:27 pm

Hi Ilvon,

I actually wondered how you were. Long time no see :D

If the antibiotics didn't work it's likely to be a viral infection. Or she has an internal abscess that is out of reach of the blood supply and therefore the antibiotics.

I've heard about the olive oil for ear infection but am not sure how it is supposed to work. People use all sorts of concoctions to soothe the pain. However, if there is pus, your first priority is to clean that out. For that a vet has recommended saltwater to us when we had a cat with an abscess. It's not nice work and it can take a while, depending on where the abscess sits.

Another scenario I would consider is a ruptured tumor and in this case new material will be produced faster than you can remove it but you'll know after a few days. If it's going to heal you'll notice an improvement within a week I'd say.
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Re: Ear infection

Postby llvonn » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:39 pm

Hi Marina, haven't been around much as chooks were just chugging along.

The antibiotics were taken over a week. She had improved in that before the anti-biotics she was so placid she didn't even complain when I was handling her. She now complains when I take her out of the coop so is improving in that respect. I'll see what happens. The garlic was the antibiotic, the oil a carrier I think.
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Re: Ear infection

Postby Foehn » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:23 pm

My main rooster had a double ear infection last winter and the vet thought he wouldn't survive. His ears stunk and he had a high temp. but treatment was successful and both ears cleared up. Heavy cheesy pus was gathered in the ear canal, and I bathed daily to keep the area soft and picked out any loose pus with a cotton bud. Important you wear gloves as could be a staph infection
I know just the thing to treat. You need from your vet some baytril. Give between .5ml-1ml by beak once daily according to weight. (barny rooster had 1ml. a light hen might be a half.
You also need some Dermotic drops for ear and skin. It is used for fungus, yeast or gram - or + infections.
It is normally dispensed for cats and dogs, but after some research, the vet recommended Dermotic. We didn't put it in the ear, but rather 5 drops twice a day and massaged around the ear. It is anti inflammatory. Used for a week along with the baytril, and all the pus fell out and the ear healed up
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Re: Ear infection

Postby llvonn » Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:57 pm

Have been away for the last few days (In Auckland seeing Disturbed perform - awesome concert). My friends kept an eye on my chooks, apparently the swelling is going down. I will keep up with the irrigation and ear drops. She is just not eating, but that might have something to do with the fact that she is not moving much. It might have something to do with the balance. My friends are of the opinion that she is well off the "put down' level. While she does not like being handled, she is quietly tolerating it - so I think she understands that we are trying to help her.
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Re: Ear infection

Postby Foehn » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:45 pm

try tempting her with some treats. A little boiled egg, mashed, some grape or banana, cooked rice, or porridge, some honey in the drinking water to kick start her appetite. Use 1 tsp of honey per breakfast cup of water. You are looking for sugary energy with some of these foods, and a balance of protein and carbohydrate.
Also try dripping little bits of her regular food in front of her like a hen will do for a chicken. Sometimes the movement will make a hen pick up the dropped object.
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