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Cyclops Chicken - help! Bad eye problem (graphic & scary)

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Young hen has one eye swollen.  So swollen she can only see out of the corner a teeny bit.  I don't know if she's sick or got something in her eye, or was stung, got into a brawl. 

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd167/bluemoon329/P1010308.jpg

Gone on for a few days - she's isolated now, drinking water with baby aspirin.


Any ideas how to help her?  Or what could have happened?

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd167/bluemoon329/P1010307.jpg


Edited by BlueMoon - 10/26/09 at 8:46am
post #2 of 14

Oh - my - goodness! That looks terribly painful! I hope someone can help!

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post #3 of 14
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Turtleblossom, I hope so too!  Corrected the photos.  Poor chicken!

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Any ideas?  She's really suffering.

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We had a dog that looked like this.  I took him to a vet tech who immediately sent me to the animal hospital thinking the eye would have to be removed.  It turned out that he had jabbed a stick in his eye and had an infection.  With a good cleaning and antibiotic cream, he healed fairly fast.  Good luck in helping her.

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post #6 of 14

My chicken had a eye problem. infection. I used saline solution to flush and triple antibiotic to treat. She responded well to it!

This one might need a vet~ I would put her on anti biotics ASAP. I am sure someone will chime in and tell you what kind. Some vitamins also~

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post #7 of 14

My cat had something similar where the inner eye lid was like that. The vet said that it was a feline herpes infection. When my chickens recently had a respiratory problem the State Poultry Vet told me that chickens can also get herpes eye infections, or otherwise known as a viral eye infection. I also think he called it LT. Anyways, I don't really know much more than that, or if it really even pertains to your situation. I hope that it heals up for you.

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post #8 of 14

Wow... ouch... I think you should get her on some tylan injectable (35 mg/kg, twice day, orally or IM) and see if you can get some really good eye ointment for her.  I recommend Fucithalmic eye gel - it doesn't sting like gentomycin or chloramphenicol and it works really well.  Put it in her eye twice a day for 3-4 days, then once a day for at least another week or until the eye is clearing up nicely.  If you are able to visit a vet, I would also ask for metacam (0.1 mg/kg, once per day) to help bring down the swelling.  If you can't get ahold of metacam, then give her 55 mg/kg aspirin (usually 1 baby aspirin is about right for the average sized standard hen), once per day for a couple of days.   After that, I would recommend giving her aspirin in her water (5 x 325 mg aspirin in 4 litres of water, free choice) - don't combine the aspirin/water with metacam and don't give it at the same time that you are dosing her with the low-dose single aspirin.  Is there cheesy pus in the eye socket?  Any bad smells?  Is the rest of the face swollen?  Is the other eye normal?  Any respiratory symptoms?

Laura

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I have a serama hen that is recovering from what appeared to be a similar eye problem.  There was no smell, no drainage, she's been eating/drinking/pooping/acting normally thru the whole ordeal - she just had this HUGE bulbous eye that kept getting bigger, and her "third eyelid" was swollen/inflamed.  I did manage to get a piece of nasty pine bedding out of the roof of her mouth at one point, so we're assuming this was caused by a foreign body lodged in her sinus cavity. 

Antibiotics didn't help (first Tylan, and later Baytril), so it had to be opened  - an unbelievable amount of cheesy puss was in there, and there was no other way for it to escape.   Its been 5 days since her surgery, and she's still on twice daily Baytril injections (and will be for at least another 5 days) - she's looking better - not great, but there has been a noticeable improvement.

I hope your hen gets better Blue Moon - preferably without having to take the drastic measures I had to with mine - have you consulted with a vet about this?


Edited by TurtleFeathers - 10/26/09 at 10:16pm
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post #10 of 14
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It's only on her right eye - the left is fine.  She's eating fine too, provided she can find the food.  That was one of the reasons I isolated her. 
No bad smell, a bit of clear oozing, but no pus. 
Just spent a months salary on the golden retriever (who had salmonella of all things), so vet is out of the question.  I'll do what I can, will try surgery if no improvement.  Just nervous about cutting close to the eye.  How did you do that anyway?

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