Chick scratching eyes..Newbie Please Help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by peter's babysitter, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. peter's babysitter

    peter's babysitter New Egg

    Mar 28, 2009
    a month ago, i received a baby chick for my birthday. the chick was maybe one to two weeks old.

    last week, it started scratching its eye. it scratched, bled, and continues scratching until something bloody came out. it was only scratching one eye, but now it's scratching both eyes. both eyes are red around the corners, near where the gunk piles up in our eyes.

    its back is also bony. i can see the bones.

    idk what to do...
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009
  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    oh my goodness. i hope someone on here helps you out! poor baby, im sorry you and the chick are going through this.
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lets get you up top again..
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I really do not know what to do, but I hope it is O.K!!! [​IMG]
  6. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    the only thing i can think of to tell you is make sure its getting enough to eat. the best thing to feed is Dumor Starter/Grower. I get it at tractor supply. Let it have food free choice, meaning keep food in front of it at all times so it can eat whenever it wants. The same thing with water. It needs all the water it wants. Is it eating and drinking ok? What do its poops look like? Do they have any form to them or are they real runny? Make sure to keep the vent clean and dont let poo pile up around it or it cant poop. What are you keeping it in? I would put it in something where it has just enough room to run around if it wants to. Also, I like to use wood shavings for bedding. Get a heat lamp with a red bulb and put it over the brooder (area your chick is in) but make sure its not too hot and that the chick can move away from the heat if it wants to. If its too hot youll see it start panting. you dont want that. i usually keep my brooder between 88 and 94 degrees. they seem happiest at these temps. you can get a thermometer at Walmart in the hardware section real cheap. Also, once you see that its improving, id get it a buddy. Another thing, check it over for mites and lice. Youll see little eensy weensy creepy crawly things on its skin, theyre usually black and/or white. If you see that let us know and that may be causing your problems. Youll need to dust it, but well have to make sure its not too young to dust if for lice/mites. Ive never dusted a chick before and im not sure that its recomended. You can get the Poultry lice/mites dust at Tractor Supply or your local feed store, as you can all the other things i mentioned. good luck! and keep us posted. pics make also help! [​IMG]

    i just realized your chick is a little older than i thought so i dont think that the temps for the brooder should be that high like i told you. i would keep them in the high 70s to low 80s. Just keep an eye on him and hell let you know whats comfortable [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009
  7. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I have one of these as just scratches and scratches. It hatched this week from MissP's eggs. I don't know what to do for it. I thought it was maybe allergic to the pine shavings under the paper towels so I put it in it's own little box but it still scratches. [​IMG]

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