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Baby chick with eye problem

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zebber1, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. zebber1

    zebber1 Hatching

    Aug 16, 2008
    I am wondering if I can use Neosporin to help with an eye that keeps matting shut? Saline rinses it open but it closes again. She had the problem in both eyes but the other one is fine now. I have asked this as a specific question on another site and get every suggestion under the sun and more questions but not the answer to my question.

    I just brought her home from the feed store along with 4 others who are fine. The feed stores suggestion was just to return her for another chick but I don't want to do that as I know what her fate would be.
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    The saline rinse is a good idea. I'm not so sure that neosporin can be put in the eye. It's real decent of you to keep the chick
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I don't think I'd use neosporin. There's an eye ointment that you can buy at the drug store called STYE. It's used for what it says, treating styes, but it's basically terramycin in ointment form. Good luck.
  4. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Neosporin is actually quite toxic if ingested. You have to be very careful using it on pets. It is also potentially damaging to eyes if used improperly and should say right on the container not to get in the eyes or ears. Either stick with the saline or look for a proper opthalmic ointment such as the terramycin cream that was mentioned.
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I agree, neosporin is a bad idea. It is not ever used on the eye. You need an opthalmic ointment. Good luck
  6. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    i would replace it before it spreads
  7. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oak Harbor, OH
    I'd use erythromycin. It's made for eyes.
  8. zebber1

    zebber1 Hatching

    Aug 16, 2008
    Thanks you guys....................I will look for the other ointments mentioned. She has both eyes open this morning!! Good sign. I had one other chick doing the same thing a couple of days ago and she is fine now as well so maybe this was just something simple and not something that could spread. Again, I appreciate the help! [​IMG]

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