History is I bought these chickens about 2 months ago. They were in heavy molt and a bit dirty. Being a complete nOOb, I didn't realize the dirt was from mites. One of the hens always had a milky eye, when I picked her up to look closer I found a feather turned into her eye so I plucked it and put in some antibiotic eye drops. Well after multiple treatments with eye drops the eye is still milky, weepy and infected looking. Last evening we started her on doxycycline anitibiotics, it's what I had on hand for my tiels and budgies. On the roost last night we treated with ivermectin horse paste internally for the heavy mite infestation.
Fast forward to this morning and I was researching and came across eye worms..OMG (drama queen moment). I go out and grab my hen to have a good look. I'm not sure but I think it could very well be eye worms since we do live in the south where there are tons of roaches outdoors. And it reminded me that last evening I was telling my husband the rooster had weird shaped eyes which I put down to too much inbreeding. Now I'm rethinking it and after looking at my unrelated Sultans eyes, the rooster I bought does have weird eyes and maybe he has eye worm too.
As if that wasn't enough! I go to put the hen back on the roost where she was sitting and there's worms in last night's poo. Eww, I'm officially freaked out. So much for ivermectin not killing internal parasites, since it was all they had that could have brought the worms out.
Going to try eye worm treatment with ivermectin injectable applied right to the eyes of the chickens..ALL of them I bought since the more I look at them, the more dodgy their eyes look.
Hoping the ivermectin paste internally works on the mites, the mites look more active today.
Once mites are dealt with I'll do a better worm treatment for internal parasites.
Anything else I can be doing to help this?
Should I keep giving the hen antibiotics?
Shameful to say I purchased this flock from a person who is a member here.
Last night's poo on fresh hay, gross worms! Poo looks weird but I think that's the ivermectin paste.
Hen with terrible mites and eye worms? my camera suks.
Funky eye Roo. Possible eye worm? he has a weird crust on his beak too which I thought was just dirt but from reading it can be a symptom of eye worms.
There's no rattle or sound of congestion.
Edited by yellowherb - 10/31/15 at 7:16am