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chick with leaky eye

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2 and a half months. Silkie. Been leaky since day 1. I use terrymacin and saline wash. What is this?


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Do you see any other symptoms such as nasal drainage, sneezing, or noisy breathing? What type of bedding do you use?

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No and it was pine chips but now it is hay. I keep her environment very clean. I clean it daily. Without chemicals.
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It MAY be something that it is a lifelong ailment. I have a rooster that is a RIR mix. He had a leaky eye as a chick. I treated it daily at first and I handle him frequently but now as a 2 year old, he still has leaky eyes, and I just use a warm cloth to wash his face. No other chickens are bothered with it and he lives with another roo who doesn't seem to notice the drainage.
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Originally Posted by CochinBeauty View Post

No and it was pine chips but now it is hay. I keep her environment very clean. I clean it daily. Without chemicals.

Hay and straw can hold in moisture and cause mold which is not good for chickens. Large flake pine shavings are a lot drier, and can be stirred often to keep things cleaner. I have a hen who has watery eyes only during very cold mornings. Hopefully your chick is just fine.

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Thank you, im just a little worried because its a tiny bit swollen in the front of her eye. Its not getting worse, just staying the same. She doesnt seem to be affected by it though. Its probably nothing. Hopefully!
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Swelling around the eye, along with sticky eye drainage or foam can be symptoms of mycoplasma (MG.) Besides the Terramycin ointment, if you suspect that, Tylan 50 injectable 1/4 ml twice a day given orally for 5 days would be good to treat symptoms of MG. Instead Tylan Powder or Oxytetracycline can be put in the water.


Edited by Eggcessive - 3/20/16 at 12:59pm
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