Chick will not open eyes... will she survive?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clairabean, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Hatched on Saturday with HUGE buggy eyes. Eyes are half covered with lid, just a slit open. Walks great, drinks when I show her where water is. Eats when she can find it.

    I thought maybe they were very dry, inhibiting her opening her lids, so I put a bit of eyedrops on them last night. No improvement today.

    Her hatchmate died last night, so she is alone.

    Any advice? I am thinking no way will she survive if she can't find food/water. I am leaning towards culling her. What do you think?
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
  3. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    If she's eating and drinking, then give her a couple more days. If the eyes still aren't open, than I would go see a vet and see what they say.....
  4. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    I once had a chick hatched out with the same problem. I used some antibacterial eyedrops and she healed up great. It took about a week, and I applied twice every day. There was some mucus like discharge at first but now it is fine. I was using human eyedrops, however I don't really know the dosage or anything. My father's a doctor...go figure [​IMG]
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Terramycin eye ointment is your friend.

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