4-day old chicks with puss in eyes/ eyes closed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JessicaL, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. JessicaL

    JessicaL Hatching

    Aug 10, 2014
    We bought a flock of 20 day old chicks on Sunday. 10 Austrolorps and 10 light bramas.

    Tonight we found 2 Light brahmas that were looking trampled by the others. We picked them and it looks like there is something covering their eyes so their eyes cannot open. I took a warm, wet, qtip to one of the eyes and it looks like puss.

    I separated these 2 from the rest of the flock.

    My husband observed a bit of pecking from the darker chicks to the lighter ones. They are sleeping now but I plan to observe tomorrow.

    What do I do now?

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would clean their eyes with normal saline, and you can apply Vetericyn eye gel, Terramycin eye ointment from the feed store, or plain Neosporin/Triple Antibiotic ointment twice daily.
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    It would also be a good idea to run some L-S 50 (Lincomycin-Spectinomycin) soluble powder in water for 5-7 days at 1 tsp per gallon of drinking water. Stressed chicks become susceptible to respiratory disease. After that run Probios dispersible powder at 1 tsp per gallon for 1 day, and poultry vitamins like Sav-A-Chick for 2 days.

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