Can chickens get glaucoma/cataracts?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KrankyEggs, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. KrankyEggs

    KrankyEggs In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2010
    I have a 6 month old red sex link who has a cloudy eye. My boyfriend noticed it this afternoon, he tested and she is blind in that eye. Otherwise, she is doing fine, eats, drinks, digs, flies up to roost. We don't know how long she's had this. It has been really wet and rainy here, and their run is damp, but the coop itself is dry. The chickens have been free-ranging in the garden a lot, so they definitely get a lot of fresh air.

    We are hoping it is not Mareks. So, what are possible alternative causes to this? We have 3 other chickens, one RIR and 2 australorps, who seem healthy. Is it possible that she just got a cataract?

    It is bad timing b/c we are leaving tomorrow night for a week.

    Any ideas, suggestions? And if it is ocular Marek's, is there a possibility she will just recover?

    Rai Sue

  2. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    BUMP that's a really good question!
  3. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Possible Mareks or maybe vitimans? Hope for the best! Good luck!
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    was reading that vitamin e can help their sight, wonder if that would help them?

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