Bubbles in One eye, fellow flock members have Fowl Pox

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Crysta, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Crysta

    Crysta Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Backyard Chicken friends,
    A week ago I noticed some of my hens had fowl pox. Today one of my 7 week old Wyandotte has a foamy eye. She doesn't seem to have any other symptoms besides this ONE eye bubbly, the other eye is perfectly fine. She doesn't seem to be in pain or sick. When I wiped away the bubbles the corner of the eye look swollen.
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    Could this be related to the Fowl Pox that is going through my flock or something else?
    Maybe something got in her eye? Can I use people eye drops on chickens?

    Any help would be appreciated,
    Crysta
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can you see any pox scabs near the eye? I wouldn't get too excited yet about the eye bubbles. It could be that she got pecked, or is developing a secondary infection from the pox. If she develops any nasal drainage, sneezing, or swelling around the eye, then you might consider treating her. Since pox is a virus that won't respond to antibiotics, only secondary infections may respond, but that is controversial.
     
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  3. Crysta

    Crysta Out Of The Brooder

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    She doesn't have any scabs around her eyes or on her tiny comb that looks like Fowl Pox, one of my hens has a fowl pox spot on her eye lid and it looks nothing like this.

    Does anyone know if I can use eye drops in their eyes? I'm leaning toward something in her eye from observing her.

    She has no signs of a respiratory infection, besides the bubbles in her ONE eye.

    -Crysta
     
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  4. Aaisha

    Aaisha Chillin' With My Peeps

    i dont think you cant use eye drops but you can ask some felllow experts. i am no expert
     
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes you can use antibiotic eye drops in the eyes--ointments will stay in longer. Terramycin is one for animals sold in farm stores, but many people will use plain Neosporin ointment, since the Neosporin ophthamic ointment is by prescription only. I have read where eye bubbles will sometimes disappear overnight, but they are sometimes the first symptom of respiratory disease.
     
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  6. Crysta

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    I'm pretty sure its conjunctivitis, still no other symptoms besides the foam still, I can tell her eye is irritating her now. I have a book that says to use Boric acid eye wash, 2-3 times a day for three days (1/8 teaspoon Boric acid power from pharmacy and 1/2 cup distilled water). I started last night with wiping her eye down with a cotton ball of the solution then washing a couple drops in her eye. There are not improvement in the eye yet, less foam but that is just because I've wiped it away 3 times today. I might need to go on the hunt for Terramycin like Eggcessive has recommended I've read alot about it but it seems harder to find around my area.....
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    Does anyone have experience with conjunctivitis in chickens?
    Has anyone treated a chickens with Boric acid eye wash? How long did it take to work?
     
  7. Eggcessive

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  8. Crysta

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    A feed store kinda nearby has Terra-septic drops... Will this do since the Terramycin is backed up? The other option is vetericyn ophthalmic gel.

    Or should I wait it out for the Terramycin, using Neosporin in the mean time?
     
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  9. Eggcessive

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    The Terra Septic is silver, and i haven't used it. Between the two, I would probably use the Veterycin, although it is expensive. Neosporin, Bacitracin, and Polysproin ointment are less expensive if buying the generic, and have antibiotics.
     
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  10. Crysta

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    If this is a respiratory infection wouldn't BOTH eyes be bubbly? I don't think the Veterycin is working. Shes been itching at her eye, as a result, the corner eyelid is getting swollen and she is shaking her head like she is trying shake the bubble off. I don't even know if there is a vet nearby that looks at chickens....
     
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