A couple of does belonging to a friend are here being bred and one of them has developed a horrible, crusty, hairless patch on her ear, right where it joins the head. This is a dairy cross doe with "airplane" ears. Most of the affected area is dry, flaky and crusty, but along the leading edge of her ear was a small spot that was raw and bleeding a bit. We caught her to apply some herbal salve that I make (with goat's milk, I might add!) and while applying it, I noticed the crusty stuff goes down right inside the ear and is actually blocking the ear canal completely. My salve will ease the dryness and will help prevent infection, but what in the heck are we dealing with here? I checked the entire herd over very closely and, although most of mine are Boer and I couldn't exactly catch each one and look down inside their ears at -25 C, I didn't see anything on any of the other goats. I almost hate to even say the word, but could this be mange? I've never seen a case of mange in person, but I have seen it on TV and this does resemble what I saw.