Baby chick with swollen eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ericadawn, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a baby chick who is a little less than 2 months old and it's eye is severely swollen. It started as just being half shut but now it has yellow puss and that sickly smell. I have saline rinsed it, held warm compress to it and put neosporin on it. Is there an antibiotic I can run and get for the infection? Am I doing the appropriate things to promote healing? Thank you so much![​IMG]
     
  2. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    Ouch! I would start with Tylan, usually tractor supply has it. Do you know if there was any kind of injury to this eye, if not it may be a sinus infection and Tylan is good for those. I hope @casportpony takes a look at this one, she has much more chicken experience than I do.
     
  3. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    We think another chicken pecked the chick in the eye. Going to try the tylan just in case. I did clean the eye out (couldn't get it all) but puss just came back the next day. I appreciate your help. I am at a loss on what to do besides giving the tylan and keeping it cleaned. I have never seen anything like this before.
     
  4. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    If there is an injury under all that swelling she is likely to lose that eye, but an oral antibiotic is what you need to get it under control. I am more familiar with Peafowl then with chickens and they will often develop sinus infections that swell so bad the eye is completely hidden, if not treated the pus in the sinus will harden into a solid glob and needs to be cut out, but that is just near the eye not actually in it. I would try the Tylan.
     
  5. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me!
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I posted in the OP's other thread:


     
  7. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! That helps a bunch! We had to come into town for the kids ball and I will go get the tylan so I will have it just in case. Will work on the chick when we get home and give you an update.
     
  8. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok guys. We had to cull the baby chick.
     
  9. ericadawn

    ericadawn Out Of The Brooder

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    However I did have a silver duck wing rooster that had an eye problem and then Saturday one of my banty hens had an eye problem. They never looked like the chicks but just closed and watery. I went ahead and followed the eye cleaning instructions and they are healing very well and never even got to the stage of having puss. I caught the rooster responsible in the act with the hen and removed him from the coop. My hen was able to keep her eye but my silver duck wing rooster lost his. He is still in his own cage until fully healed which should be in the next day or two. From now on I will start treatment at the very first sign of eye trouble. I hate loosing any of my chickens/chicks. Thanks for all the help and my two chickens that made it say thanks too!
     

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