can I rinse a chicken eye with saline?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GretchenM, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. GretchenM

    GretchenM Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2011
    My Sicilian Buttercup is having problems with one eye. Avian pox was running through the flock, and at first I thought she just had a pock on the edge of her eye; the eye just looked DIFFERENT, almost like a "lazy eye." Then it seemed to be getting better, but this morning, she's keeping it closed most of the time, not all, and I can't get a good look it. We were thinking this evening, as they settle down, we'd take her and rinse her eye with saline, see if that helps. Any reason NOT to do this? And should we use pure saline as opposed to preserved contact lens saline? THANKS for your thoughts!
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    If it is pure saline I don't see a problem with it. Otherwise just use warm water.
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    It shouldn't be a problem. I have rinsed my duck's eye with saline solution and she was fine.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I agree with the others, saline solution is best. I've read that contact lens saline shouldnt be used...I dont have the link though. You can also put terramycin eye ointment in her eye if you wish.
  5. GretchenM

    GretchenM Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2011
    Thanks, y'all!!
    My, Chickensioux, you look so familliar.....
  6. GretchenM

    GretchenM Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2011
    Thanks again, all. Upon closer inspection, it looks like she somehow got a scratch just below her eye, like on the rim of her eye. I think the reason it looked like it was getting worse is, as I finally realized, it was the first time in days I'd been able to let them out to roam first thing in the morning, so she had just woken up. THat evening, it looked better again. So we let it go, and it continues to look better each day.

    Being a new chicken person, even tho my fiancee has had them before, I GREATLY appreciate being able to tap into the wisdom and experience of this community! THANK YOU!

    Have a good week, everyone!
  7. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2008
    Central Florida
    Glad its getting better!
    Saline would have been fine. But it seems like it would simply flush the eye instead of treat an irritation or possibly small infection if there is one. If something comes up again, try rinsing with Coriander (spice) tea. It works great to sooth and treat eye problems like conjuctivitis. Take a teaspoon of Corianer and simmer in 1 cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool then strain the mixture, or let it settle and take off the top. Try not to get any big particles. Then just flush her eyes a few times a day. I saw results within a day or two. It works well! Even for use on people!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011

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