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Strange Bubbly Eyes

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Hi,

I am quite new to chickens, I have had them for around four months and I am so delighted I have made the decision to have them. They are Orpingtons with amazing personality, they will just fly onto my lap when I sit with them and just want lots of cuddles and hugs.

One of my Orpington hens is around 26 weeks old and has a bubbly eye. She has had this for around 12 weeks now and I have no idea what it is. We thought it was mycoplasma or a respiratory illness, we didn't want to use antibiotics so did garlic and ACV. It was time to worm them so we used Flubenvet and after a while Verm-X. Then we thought the bedding might be disturbing her, we specifically got dust-free wood shavings for inside the coop and removed all the bark from their run and used wood-chips. Their coop is custom made, it has plenty of ventilation, they have a large enclosed run (just 3 chickens) and they free-range for two hours a day.

She is otherwise in perfect health, she is almost near show-quality (has a few white feathers). And it is not constantly bubbly, maybe once a week it will go really foamy, we squirt it with eye wash and it gets better, but soon comes back.

Does anyone know what it could be? A chicken owning friend of mine said if it were serious she'd be dead after 12 weeks - she seems to be perfectly fine, flapping around, I just want her to have a long happy life so I'm hoping it's not serious.

(BTW, when do Orpingtons start laying, my friend's RIRs are about the same age and were laying eggs weeks ago!)
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It could be respiratory illness or a simple eye infection. If you aren't seeing any sneezing, gurgling, rattling, coughing, runny noses, or any other respiratory symptoms, or bubbly eyes in any other hens, then I would say it's an eye infection. Try to purchase some ocular antibiotic ointment and apply it to the eye. I like natural treatments as much as the next gal, but I find they are great for aiding prevention and in most cases do little to treat existing issues. When something has already gone wrong with the bird, it's best to go with a typical route, such as antibiotics. The antibiotics should cure it; very rarely, they won't. I personally have a Silkie cock who has had a chronic gooey/bubbly eye for about 2 years now. Tried a month or two to fix it via antibiotics, both oral and in the eye itself. It went away for a while and came back. It doesn't interfere with his vision too badly and he isn't in pain, so I eventually gave up.

 

Orpingtons typically begin to lay at around the same age as most breeds, 20-24 weeks, although in reality, it can be as early as 16 or as late as 28. If it's already getting into winter weather in your area it may take them longer to get started laying, but once they do, you should be seeing daily eggs. That's what I love about point of lay pullets going into winter - once they start, they'll lay straight through the cold weather like no 2nd year or older hen can.


Edited by QueenMisha - 11/4/15 at 11:00pm

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Thanks for the information! She, thankfully, seems to be in really good health and there is nothing wrong with her apart from her bubbly eyes. I'll pop down to the chemist for some eye ointments later on.

Here in the UK it is quite wintery, although I don't mind waiting. I got them at first because I wanted fresh eggs but seeing Orpingtons wandering the garden has made them a lot more than the 'egg-producers' I thought chickens to be. wink.png
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