Buff Orp chick with eye injury...how to treat?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sparrow, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brought home a Buff Orp chick from the feedstore because it's eye was in terrible shape. The whole left side of his head was swollen up really big, and his eye was sealed shut with dried secretions and some huge hunks of pine bedding. I soaked the eye for some time, and finally got all that crud off of it. A huge amount of cloudy, slightly yellowish fluid came out from under his eyelids. He has a functional eye there, it moves, sees, etc...but it is still very irritated. The swelling is completely gone, and he keeps the eye open, but the white of the eye appears slightly pinkish, and it oozes constantly. Sometimes, the secretions in the eye are so think that they have little bubbles in them, and debris easily sticks to it. He is otherwise apparently healthy. It does not have an odor.

    What can I use to treat his eye and get it completely cleared up? I have been cleaning the area with warm water and a washrag, but I need to get him healed. What are your suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nevermind, I just saw the thread on the rooster with infected eyes, and I'm going to try the dilute Betadine flush.
     
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Terramycin is a good antibiotic for eyes - usually available at feed stores - about $15-20. I've never heard of putting diluted Betadine IN an eye. I hope that's ok - I know if it's too concentrated, Betadine actually kills raw tissue.
     
  4. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was beginning to wonder if it would burn in the chick's eye. I will call and ask about the Terramycin ointment then. I'm sure someone around here has it. Thanks!
     

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