Chick hatched without upper eyelids—what can I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Haleth, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Haleth

    Haleth Out Of The Brooder

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    I just had a Show Girl chick hatch without any upper eyelids about an hour ago. I thought I noticed something was wrong when I checked in on her progress earlier; it kind of looked like her eye was too large. Now that she's hatched, I see that she can't fully close her eyes at all, just move the lower lids. I wish I could take a picture or video, but I can't find my camera. I'm hoping that someone can give me some kind of hope so I don't have to cull her. I had to cull one of my hens earlier this week, the first time ever. If I DO have to cull this chick, I guess I'd like to do it soon, before her eyes get dried out and/or infected, and maybe it won't be as difficult as culling my poor Serama girl.

    Does anyone have any advice or experience to share with me? Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    So sorry. I would cull immediately.
     
  3. Haleth

    Haleth Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, I was afraid it'd be so. [​IMG] Thanks, CMV.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I agree cull.. so sorry. [​IMG]
     
  5. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry you have to go through this ;(
     
  6. Haleth

    Haleth Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, redhen. I'm off to do that now, I guess. Sooner is better than later.
     
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    i would give it a chance, a couple of days just to see how it does, then depending on how it does, go from there.
     
  8. Haleth

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    Thanks, 3chimama and hd_mechanic. The deed is done. I couldn't leave her, as hard as it was. Her eyes were already developing a film or something over them from the brooder light. I didn't think there was much of a chance for her, but I was hoping someone had had a similar experience and...I don't know, could tell me how to fix her eyes. It was far-fetched, I guess. Thanks again for the advice and sympathy. This would've been harder without BYC.
     
  9. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry you had to cull but it was definently the right and humane thing to do
     
  10. Haleth

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    Thanks, incubatingisfun, it helps knowing that.
     
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