1 Month Old Chick Barely opens eyes

OlePainless

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Hello,

I have a white Cochin (not sure of the sex yet) that is about 1 month old. I've noticed she is the only one in the brooder that pecks around blindly searching for food and water. She has been growing so I know she is getting the nutrients she needs. However, my concern is in the real world, will she be able to survive?

Her eyes do not appear swollen or sealed shut. It almost appears as she is squinting to the point of being blind.

What should I do?
 

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Eggcessive

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Has she been like this very long? I would give her some Poultry NutriDrench or Poultry Cell vitamins 1 ml daily, and try mixing some wet feed in a small bowl. Try getting her to eat that every couple of hours to see if she perks up.
Look at her poops to see if there is any blood or diarrhea, in case of coccidiosis. Ammonia in droppings can be irritating to the eyes, or she may have an eye injury. You can put some Vetericyn eye gel or Terramycin eye ointment into her eyes in case there is an infection.
 

OlePainless

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I just finished a 5 day CORID treatment on all my birds (Last Thursday) after I found one of them pooping blood (it was not her but another chick in the same brooder). For as long as I can remember, she has always had her eyes closed.

Currently, I give all my chicks a mixture of Tractor Supplies "Sav-A-Chick Probiotic" supplement and Durvet's "Vitamins & Electrolytes" in their water.
 

Saaniya

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Is he closing eyes recently or from very long time ?
I could be cocci look out the poo ..
Give some boiled eggs
And pet care vitamins ..
 

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Then since you have treated for cocci and have him on vitamins, I would get the terramycin eye ointment from your feed store, and apply it twice a day. Then encourage the chick to eat. He may have some genetic problem with his eyes. Google eye disorders in chickens, and look for the article by University of Forida. Vitamin deficiencies, certain diseases such as avian encephalomyelitis, eye infections, and cataracts can cause problems. Chicks are very prone to pecking eyes right after hatching, so it may be hard to tell what is going on.
 

OlePainless

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Mar 5, 2018
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Newnan, Ga
Then since you have treated for cocci and have him on vitamins, I would get the terramycin eye ointment from your feed store, and apply it twice a day. Then encourage the chick to eat. He may have some genetic problem with his eyes. Google eye disorders in chickens, and look for the article by University of Forida. Vitamin deficiencies, certain diseases such as avian encephalomyelitis, eye infections, and cataracts can cause problems. Chicks are very prone to pecking eyes right after hatching, so it may be hard to tell what is going on.
Ok, tyvm. I will try the eye ointment and see how that goes.

How should I apply it? I have latex gloves. Her eyes seem very delicate. Should I put a small amount in the small opening she has or try to spread her eye open?
 

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