Bantam roo with swollen eye - UPDATE

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by birdlover, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Hi,

    This little guy is living at the Fall Festival where I take care of the poultry and rabbits. The flock of bantams that live in the barn began getting eye problems about a week and a half ago. 6 out of 20-something. First one got it, then more. I think its the dark, dank barn where they're living. I treated everyone with terimyacin eye ointment, put sulmet in their drinking water and all their adoptive moms have come to get the ones with problems early (there's only one more week left, thank God)! This little sweetheart is a quail antwert Belgian bantam roo and no one has adopted him yet so he's still in the barn and not getting better. I finally broke down and brought him home today to see if I can't help him with round the clock TLC. I haven't been able to treat him as frequently as I want at the festival. Anyway, he is the only one (of the ones that got the eye infection) who literally shrieks when I try to treat it. I try to put a warm, wet compress on it before applying the terramycin ointment. I don't rub, just try to lay it on the swollen shut eye. He HATES it! And he shrieks some more when I put the ointment on his eye. Do you think it hurts like it sounds? The others didn't object so much to the compress or the ointment. Am I treating it properly or should I be doing something else. He's had this about a week now. His poop is perfect LOL and he has been chowing down on the scrambled egg I gave him. Any advice would be appreciated and sorry this is so long.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2008
  2. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Helloooo? Anybody?
     
  3. mrs.67

    mrs.67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there, I have a bantam hen that had a bad eye infection. I used Tylan 50 injections 2 times a day. Then of course terramycin eye ointment. Then so the other girls would be protected I put 2 teaspoons of teramycin in their water (a gallon).

    You can wrap him in a towell maybe that would make him feel more secure.. But... I did read a home remedy that did seem to help. Before the ointment I took a q-tip and cleaned the outer part of the eye with luke warm coffee. I even just let a few drops just slowly drip in her eye.
    Then I would let her eat so she would dry up then I put the ointment on.

    She looked so awful, I was worried she would be blind, but, now she looks perfect.

    He might be really scared ..causing him to pitch a fit.
    Good Luck!!
    He's a lucky guy, he has someone that cares.[​IMG]
     
  4. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Oh, I thank you sooo much for your reply. I've never given injections before. Will the feed store be able to coach me...or could you? [​IMG] I'll try the towel and the coffee idea too. Thanks again so much!!!!
     
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    From your description, the odds are high that the eye swelling is the result of the birds becoming infected with a disease brought into the group by a carrier or sick bird. Likely diseases are Mycoplasma or Coryza.

    I hope that you did not place the sick rooster anywhere near your birds at home and that you are practicing good biosecurity to protect your flock.

    Here is a link where you can look up some of the potential infections and virus' that can produce swelling of the eye.

    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/diagext.htm

    Chel
     
  6. mrs.67

    mrs.67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well to be honest with you I am scared every time I give a injection. Some say in the chest muscle just don't hit the croop, others say in the back of the neck.

    Do a search on injections on this site. It helps knowing others have had the same problems and fears.

    I have noticed that alot of feed stores do not give the best advice. I have better luck just getting my advice here. I can call my vet and get some advice over the phone but he doesn't ever see them for me.

    But I and everyone else will help out how ever we can..
    I love it here, I can be as silly and crazy about my birds as I want and I fit right in LOL
     
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    you need to flush the eye out daily with sterile saline (you can make your own by boiling 1/4 tsp salt in a quart of water for five minutes) before apply the AB creme.
    Here is an article on different conditions with eye problems:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PS031
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    you need to flush the eye out daily with sterile saline (you can make your own by boiling 1/4 tsp salt in a quart of water for five minutes) before apply the AB creme.
    Here is an article on different conditions with eye problems:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PS031
     
  9. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Chel,
    I don't have birds anymore so no danger of his infecting others at my home. No other birds have developed the eye problem so I'm hoping and praying it's not anything serious like coryza.

    Diana,
    Thanks for the saline solution recipe and the link.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2008
  10. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    Can you gently pull the eye lid apart and if you can do you see anything in the eye?
     

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