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Otitis, Ear Canker
|Clean ear||Using hydrogen peroxide and q-tips, gently and slowly clean out any material build up/debris from only the external areas of the ear. Only apply a couple drops of the hydrogen peroxide onto the material clogging the ear, as it will help soften it, allowing for easier removal from the ear.|
DO NOT put the q-tip deep into the chickens ear, as it can cause damage to their hearing, and make the infection worse.
Save any material that was removed from the ear as it can be potentially used to test for the presence of bacteria and it's identification.
|Ear drops||Corticosteroid and antibiotic drops for 3 to 5 days may be needed if the infection was caused by bacteria.|
|Supportive care||Isolate the bird from the flock and place in a safe, comfortable, warm location (your own chicken "intensive care unit") with easy access to water and food. Limit stress. Call your veterinarian.|
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