Chick won't open eyes.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KarateHorse, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a chick that can barely open her eyes. She barely opens one eye on her own. The othere one she keeps closed all the time. She still finds the food and water on her own and runs around without bumbing into things but she never opens one eye and the other eye she barely opens. What can we do to cure this?
     
  2. mizjones

    mizjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Karate I just saw your post and was curious so I did some looking around (this site is huuuuge!) and I found some things that might help you. From several different threads it looks as though you can do some gentle interference with them.
    • Keeping your little guy inside in it's own warm place (some people put them on the counter in a big aluminum baking pan with clean shavings in it).
    • Dipping their beaks into food and water if they need it, but yours is finding it ok so that's good.
    • Warm water with a tiny bit of honey in it helps them to re-hydrate as well as fight off infection.
    • Warm, mashed scrambled egg for food.
    • Using a Q-tip dipped in warm water and swabbing it carefully around and over the eyelid (some people say to try ever so gently to pry open the eye while doing this).

    That's what I have found so far. How old are you babies? And what breed?

    Oh--and have you posted in the Emergency Thread yet? It's here--- https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1137688/the-emergency-thread

    Blessings upon you!
     
  3. GingersHuman

    GingersHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's newly hatched, sometimes egg goop will glue its eyes shut, and needs cleaned off.
     
  4. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    It's not newly hatched she is several days old and has been doing this ever since we got her.
     
  5. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    She is several days old and an Ameraucana
     
  6. mizjones

    mizjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's another answer I found from raisingchickens.org, I'm pasting it below.

    Closed Eyes on chicks: I recently got 12 chicks. They are a few days old now. There is one very small chick that won't open its eyes.

    It is a White Crested Black Polish chicken. Like I said, it is much smaller than the others. Is it having a health problem? When can I expect her to open them?

    She is lethargic and stands in one spot, hunched over, but she does peep very loudly.

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    The loud peeping is a distress call. She is not well at all and wants help. She should be separated from the others. They may pick on her, making things worse, or she could be contagious.

    With such a young chick, I would suspect she is suffering from shipping stress. She may not have eaten or had enough to drink soon enough. There is a product at the feed store called Chick Save, made just for this kind of problem.

    For quick energy and possibly saving her life, you might mix some honey, molasses, or sugar in warm water, about 1 tsp per ¼ cup. Add in a pinch of salt and offer her a few drops.

    Often a young chick’s blood sugar has dropped to a life threatening low and this could save her and give her enough energy to open her eyes and eat and drink normally.

    Being the smallest, she may get bullied by the others, so if she does well and you can put her back with the rest, keep and eye on all and make sure she is OK.
     
  7. KarateHorse

    KarateHorse Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the information
     

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