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I have a chicken with a large swelling below her left eye -

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I have a chicken with a large swelling below her left eye - not affecting the eye.
She has been a bit off colour for a week or so but not like this.
She is clearly having difficulty swallowing as she has to put her head up vertically to swallow and then it seems a great effort
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Although I'm unable to examine your hen from here, it's reasonable to assume that the swelling indicates a sinusitis and her difficulty swallowing indicates infection in her oropharynx/nasopharynx as well. An avian vet (please see here: the would lance and flush that sinus and prescribe a systemic antibiotic which you would administer directly into your hen's beak for a minimum of 10 days. Fowl cholera (Pasteurella multocida), Chicken Coryza (Haemophilus paragallinarum), and Avian Mycoplasmosis are the most important differential diagnoses in such a hen.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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