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Other Names: Avian Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a potentially serious bacterial skin infection. It can occur in almost any area of the chicken's body, but most often affects the skin on their legs, feet, abdomen, and breast. The skin will appear swollen or puffy, reddened, and warm to the touch. If it is affecting the legs and feet, the bird may be reluctant to or have difficulty walking.
The chicken will often have a history of recent skin trauma. Most cases of cellulitis involve previous disruption of the integrity of the skin, such as an abrasion or open wound, providing a path for bacteria to enter the body and colonize the subcutaneous tissue.