I've been dealing with eye issues with my one Silkie Hen for about 4 weeks now. Here's a link to the original post on this forum: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1022971/sick-hens-please-help-puffy-crusty-eyes.
Both of her eyes continue to be swollen, red inside the eyelids, and have what looks like white mucus/pus inside. She does tend to scratch at them. I'm afraid she is starting to go blind, as she's losing distance perception. When I put scratch down, she tries to peck at it, but she's pecks about an inch or two above the ground. But if I put some in my palm, close to her face, she's able to peck it out of my palm. I'm so afraid that she won't get the food she needs if she can't see what she's pecking at. The last few days she hasn't come down the ladder to her run area --- I think she's afraid because she's not seeing well.
Here's what I've tried so far:
Tylan 50 Injectible (given orally) 2x per day for 5 days
Cleaning eyes with saline solution and applying Terramycin Ointment for 10 days: then stopping, and applying again now for 5 days.
And I did worm her and the other birds with Valbazen (1st and 2nd dose) just a few weeks ago.
Here's what she looks like now:
Unfortunately, this picture doesn't really show how swollen her eyes really are. She was feeling camera shy and this was the best I could get for now. Much of the time, she just sits with her eyes closed. :(
I've read about eye worms --- could that possibly be what she's dealing with? I don't actually see worms, but she's difficult to hold still to look inside really well. And if it's not eye worms, would there be any issues if I at least tried treating her with Valbazen in her eyes. And if I treat with Valbazen, how would I dose it?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.