I'm a brand new chicken owner. I've read backyardchickens a lot and you've all unknowingly given me a lot of help and advice, so thankyou! However now I have a problem that I'm a bit stuck with - I'm hoping you kind people will be able to help me.
This is about my Black Rock, who is somewhere around 12 weeks old. I've had her for 4 weeks. On Tuesday 3rd, she was seen falling off a perch, landing oddly on the ground. The next day, I noticed swelling under her eye, and it appeared to be a bit watery - with clear bubbles. It looks kind of like a blister. I immediately panicked and thought it was one of various horrible respiratory diseases that I've read about. I didn't immediately think of the fall being a possible injury.
On Thursday 5th, I took her to my vet, who isn't a specialist chicken vet. They do chickens, but I'm not sure if they have a huge amount of experience, which is why I'm here asking for a second opinion. The vet gave us some Isathal eye drops and also some Tylan soluable antibiotics for her drinking water. At this point we thought it was an eye infection, although the vet did say it didn't look like a typical eye infection.
I separated her from the rest of the flock and also gave her some nutri drops. She's been on the antibiotics for 3 whole days now, and the eye drops for 4.
She does seem to be mildly irritated by the eye, as she (very occasionally) scratches it with her foot. This seems to be mostly right after applying the eye drops, though, so perhaps it's just the sting. The thing that's confusing me is that there are no other symptoms, as far as I can tell. I've spent hours googling chicken ailments, and nothing seems to quite fit.
- She's eating greedily, as normal.
- No sign of any mucus or discharge from the nostrils. No sneezing, coughing or wheezing.
- No smell.
- She's active and behaving perfectly normally in every way, as far as I can see.
Today, the swelling is still there. I think it looks a little less red and more lighter pink, though that might be my imagination wishing it better! So after days of worrying, I thought about possible injury from the fall? Eye/sinus infection, or something more serious?
Thanks for any advice!
Some photos taken today. The bad eye:
This is the other eye which doesn't seem as bad, it doesn't seem to be swollen but there is a sort of red/pink area: