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Dr Shadreck T Magonziwa
Veterinary Doctor
Date: November 28, 2012

Swollen Wattles

Discussion created on 11/28/2012

What are the most important causes of swollen wattles in broiler breeders?

Dr Shadreck T Magonziwa
Veterinary Doctor
Santiago Sievert Garcia Santiago Sievert Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry
November 30, 2012
Is the swelling only on the wattles? if the swelling also involves the face , it could be coryza. If the swelling also involves the whole head it could be SHS. The best way to determine your case is to have serological tests conducted to corraborate your post mortem lesions.
December 1, 2012

It appears to be a male birds with both wattles swollen. Swelling has passed the acute phase. Such lesions are highly suggestive of Chronic Fowl Cholera. However, local injuries due to male fighting and infected with pyogenic bacteria needs to be excluded.
I have also seen acute swelling of wattles in Avian Influenza (AI) but with high mortality (Chronic cholera cases are usually sporadic).

December 1, 2012

It might be Pasturella multocida or Fowl Cholera associated with some others Gram+ve and Gram-ve bacteria

Kamal Eldin Abdelmagid Kamal Eldin Abdelmagid
Poultry farmer
December 6, 2012

First of all I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all vets all around. Despite all participations and thoughts from dear vets, I would like to remind all of u that the isolation and identification of the causative agent is the rule of thumb.

Dr. A.g. Rao Dr. A.g. Rao
December 11, 2012

No doubt it is Fowl cholera, it has to be differentiated from other bacteria through cultural examination as opined by other Vet Doctors. Photograph is good.

December 18, 2012

Swollen wattels me be due to (pasteurella) fowl cholera.

Dr. K. M. Ehasanul Islam Dr. K. M. Ehasanul Islam
DVM, MS(Theriogenology)
April 22, 2013

According to my field experiece I can say that this is Fowl Cholera.

June 26, 2019

In Fowl Cholera the mortality rate is high. If you face high morbidity and low morality plus nasal and lacrimal discharge (one or both side), reduce egg production without change in quality (in case of production phase), low feed and water consumption, 10 to 15 days course, low common period (2D), positive response to antibiotics, exudate in trachea (usu non fibrionopurrolant), with or without Avibacterium paragallinarum bacterin vaccine, maybe gasping in male: strogly yoy faces Infectious Coryza.


July 8, 2019

Hamid Reza Fallah
Thank you for providing me valuable information.
With regards

Dr Shadreck T Magonziwa Dr Shadreck T Magonziwa
Veterinary Doctor
July 15, 2019
Hamid Reza Fallah noted and much appreciated
July 9, 2019

Here in Bangladesh, Fowl Cholera is a very common disease in commercial layer, But only swollen wattle is not enough sign to diagnose any disease.
So it is my humble request to all respective person to describe the proper history and clinical sign.


September 13, 2019

I suspect it to be fowl cholera.

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