Chick has crusty eye, what could the problem be?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pumpkinpup, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have one silver marans chick who has been a bit lathargic the past few days and today she has a crusty looking eye. Only one eye is effected and she eats and drinks normal. I have her on medicated chick starter and clean water with a bit of vitamin and electrolite in it. She is on clean pine shavings bedding just as all my chicks have always been. Nothing is defferent from anything I have ever done in the past. I have isolated her in a box to herself now and she has a lamp with a red 40 watt bulb to warm her. Any suggestions would be great. I've never encountered anything like this in all the years I have had chickens and all my other chicks from this hatch are fine so am completely stumped [​IMG]

  2. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    My grandmother always used a solution of boric acid and warm tap water to treat crusty eyes(1 Tbsp to 8 fl oz water, apply with a Q tip) I have used this method for years with great results.
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    There are a lot of viruses that can cause mild respiratory signs and/or conjunctivitis. If it's a mild form of the virus and doesn't get complicated by a bacterial infection, the chick should recover on its own. Just be careful b/c recovered birds can be carriers and transmit the virus to other members of the flock (depending on what it is).
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I just went through this with a barred rock pullett. Same eye, same crusty look. I cleaned it up with warm water...and put them all on Sulmet. She is alot better now. Hope your gets better soon.
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    What is Sulmet, justusnak? I have never heard of that before. Can I get it at a feed store?

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