Chick with one large bulging eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by davies16, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. davies16

    davies16 New Egg

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    Hi all!
    We recently got 5 chicks, but quickly noticed one of our ladies has one eye that is large and bulgy (about twice the size of her normal eye and noticeably protrudes from her socket), she usually like to keep it shut, but when she does open it it seems hazy and milky. No redness, no discharge, no smell etc. She is a very very sweet girl, eats and drinks normally and plays just like the other chicks. I currently have her quarantined from the others just in case but she peeps and peeps in distress not liking solitary confinement, so she spends alot of time on my lap cuddling.[​IMG]

    I just put some ophthalmic azithromyocin I had on hand on her eye. Anyone familiar with this condition? it is a congenital? infectious?
    Im totally fine with having a blind chicken, but whats the prognosis here? Anyone had babies that survived to adulthood?

    Thanks all! Popeye and I appreciate your input!-M.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I would return her to the others in their brooder. It might be from a pecking injury, or as you said, possibly a birth defect. The drops may help. Terramycin eye ointment and Vetericyn eye gel would also be good to use.
     
  3. HappyWifeFarm

    HappyWifeFarm New Egg

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    I'm curious how your chick is doing?? I received a shipment of chicks this morning from Murray McMurray hatchery and this little gal didn't look good at all. The other 17 chicks were all fine and healthy. The one eye is swollen, even a little crusty around the edges, and she has slight scissor beak. Not knowing what was wrong with the eye, I also quarantined her, where she peeps and peeps because she's alone. She's drinking fine (I use a nipple system) but haven't seen her eat yet. Like you...I'm just not sure what to do with her. I hate to think she's in a lot of pain, but I don't want to cull her just out of my own inconvenience either.


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  4. HappyWifeFarm

    HappyWifeFarm New Egg

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    Just wanted to update here - it's been a while. This sweet girl is doing well. She tends to stay in the run and not free range with the others, but she is the sweetest girl and loves to be held. Her scissor beak is pretty bad, I have to trim her beak down for her regularly. I haven't gotten any eggs from her as I have with the others, but I will keep her and let her live out her life with us. thanks for the advice and feedback.
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  5. Yemimah

    Yemimah Out Of The Brooder

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    Your heart of compassion is wonderful. I would alert the hatchery if it were me. It is one thing if you hatched it yourself but a hatchery guarantees healthy grade A stock and that is not what they delivered to you. They should make it right and replace or refund you.
     

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