Hey people. I'm a long time semi-casual lurker here at BYC. Last May was my first time raising baby chicks, and the ones I raised are now happily living in my backyard. A BO, Australorp and a RIR. Of course I fell in love with this hobby and wanted to add to the "flock", so I decided to go to a local feed store to pick up some more chicks.
Here's the problem: On Thursday 3.5.12 I go to pick up a Speckled Sussex and a Golden Wyandotte to add to the Barred Rock and Sex Link chicks I purchased about a week before. Unfortunately the Wyandotte died just this morning. Sad of course, but at least the other chick I had seemed healthy.
Today I pick up the Speckled Sussex chick, and I noticed one of her eyes/ eyelids didn't seem right. It looks like the lower part of her eyelid is swollen/ abnormally large. I didn't want to mess with her eyelid and try to pry it open, but I did notice when she opened it on her own that the eye was glazed over and it looks like it's a blue/grey shade. She seems to want to keep it closed most of the time. The sick eye also looks like it's protruding out a little bit and is definitely larger in size than her other eye. Her other eye looks like any other chick's eye that I have.
That's all the relevant information I can think of. The chick is about 3 days old. She is eating and drinking water like any other chick I've had. She's walking around, seems comfortable. By her behavior, I couldn't tell if anything was wrong. It was only when I physically checked her eye I saw the problem.
I'm no vet, and I have no experience with baby chick health problems so I was hoping I could get an opinion from some of you good people. I plan on bringing her to the feed store tomorrow where I got her from to see if anybody there could tell me anything (and perhaps to get some more chicks). I took some pictures to show the problem. I can take more pictures if necessary.
A big thank you to anybody who wants to read all this and help me out. Help is greatly appreciated :)
I will be more than happy to take better pictures if these don't give anything to go by just let me know !