8 month cockerel lost an eye in a fight?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by plum14, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. plum14

    plum14 Songster

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    I have two wyandotte bantam cockerels who have existed quite happily together until yesterday. Early this morning they have fought in earnest and my beautiful gold laced has been left in a bad way. Please can someone look at the photos and tell me what is the best I can do to help him. He is very sleepy and just stays in one spot. We have him inside in a box to keep warm. If he hears a noise he lifts his head but apart from that he just stands there. IMG-20191116-WA0007.jpg IMG-20191116-WA0006.jpg IMG-20191116-WA0004.jpg
     

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  2. Eggcessive

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    He make be in shock, and I would just offer some water with electrolytes often. Place food and water near him secured to the cage, so he can drink when he needs it. Cockerels and roosters will fight and challenge each other for dominance. Is the left eye swollen where you cannot see the eye inside the socket, or does it look like the eye is gone? Get a $4 saline eye wash at Walmart or drugstore along with some plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Clean and wash his eye, and apply an 1/8 inch strip of the ointment into his eye twice a day for at least the next week. My polish hen was pecked in the eye, and it took 3-4 days for swelling to go down to find out if her eye was still intact. If the eye is gone, he may be able to get around in a familiar area, and he might be less likely to fight. But you will need to see how it goes, and be prepared to keep them in separate pens.
     
  3. plum14

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    It looks like its gone rather than swollen. I'm not sure I can get antibiotic over the counter in UK.
     
  4. Diana_burns04

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    have put him to sleep!! He didn't look good!!
     
  5. BugMunch

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    A friend of mine had a hen get attacked by a hawk once, and her eye looked like this...she kept her isolated in a dark room, food, water, and some antibiotic spray for chickens. Her bird made a full recovery and you can't tell she was ever attacked. Good luck with this fella! Keep us posted on how he does :love
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Excellent advice from @Eggcessive. Absolutely no reason to euthanize him at this point in the game.
     
  7. plum14

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    The fact that he is so listless actually worries me more than the eye. Could this just be shock or is there something else it could be?
     
  8. roosterhavoc

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    That rooster is fine. He’s standing up he’s good to go. :rolleyes:
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    He is very likely in shock.
     
  10. plum14

    plum14 Songster

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    Thanks for the encouragement :fl
     

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