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I have a 5yr old polish hen that can't see in one eye. I think it's catorax. Is that possible with chickens? Here's a pic:

Fountain Blue-Splash Polish Catorax?

1 Polish, 1 White-Faced Black Spanish, many Americaunas, many Rhode Island Reds, many Welsummers, 1 Austalorp, couple of mixes,

NOW 3 MONTHS OLD:

2 Cochins (Bantams)

2 Silkies

2 Polish

 

TWO 4 WEEK OLD DOVES!!!

 

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1 Polish, 1 White-Faced Black Spanish, many Americaunas, many Rhode Island Reds, many Welsummers, 1 Austalorp, couple of mixes,

NOW 3 MONTHS OLD:

2 Cochins (Bantams)

2 Silkies

2 Polish

 

TWO 4 WEEK OLD DOVES!!!

 

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post #2 of 4

Cataracts are not very common in chickens... but it can happen. It appears to be hereditary.

 

Cloudy irises could be Marek's disease, eye worms, the result of a scratch/foreign object, vitamin A or E deficiency, avian encephalomyelitis, or something else I've never heard of/Google isn't bringing up.

 

It's best to rule out all the other stuff before assuming it's cataracts.

 

Is her pupil dilated most of the time, regardless of the lighting conditions? Can you tell if her pupil is perfectly round, or does it have "jagged" edges?

 

Any chance of taking this bird to the vet?

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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It is always round and not dilated. I do have ocular mareks but it only showed up last year and she's been here for 5 and came vaccinated. She has gone to a local poultry show but birds that go there are not from any other state.

1 Polish, 1 White-Faced Black Spanish, many Americaunas, many Rhode Island Reds, many Welsummers, 1 Austalorp, couple of mixes,

NOW 3 MONTHS OLD:

2 Cochins (Bantams)

2 Silkies

2 Polish

 

TWO 4 WEEK OLD DOVES!!!

 

Reply

1 Polish, 1 White-Faced Black Spanish, many Americaunas, many Rhode Island Reds, many Welsummers, 1 Austalorp, couple of mixes,

NOW 3 MONTHS OLD:

2 Cochins (Bantams)

2 Silkies

2 Polish

 

TWO 4 WEEK OLD DOVES!!!

 

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post #4 of 4

You may have already read this, but it's got a ton of helpful info on Marek's. :)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

 

I hope your mama has a cataract and lives to a ripe old age!

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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