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Chicken eye problem. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by scimo, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. scimo

    scimo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 4 week old Bared Rock that has an eye problem. I am not sure if it was caused by pecking from another chicken or just an infection. Please see photo. I am raising 6 chickens (my first time). I have quarantined the chicken. Any suggestions such as eyes drops or ointments?

    Thanks,
    Matt

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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2007
  2. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I copied this from my website I list and talk about many of the products I buy.

    I keep all my pet supplys in one area so that I can have quick access to what ever I may need in any situation.
    I Keep a bottle of sterile eye drops to use in the event one of my birds gets something in thier eye or they have a crusty coated eye.
    I first try to clear the eye as best I can then I apply some of the Terramycin/Antibiotic eye ointment in the effected eye as per the directions.
    I think I paid about $6.00 from Agway for the little tube you see in the yellow/white box.
    I also like to have little packets of Tripple Antibiotic and/or Bacitracin Ointment for other types of injurys.

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  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    How is her eye doing? Is it any better?
     
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    You can flush it with sterile saline (you can make your own if you need to by boiling 1/4 tsp salt 5 min in a quart of water and cool)... you can also give three drops of unflavored POLYVISOL into the beak once a day for a week then taper off (a good general poultry nutr/vitamin supplement is good to add to the feed of any ailing bird). Here is also an article describing common ailments and their causes affecting the eye:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PS031
     
  5. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    coryza is extremely infectious and your bird will have severe (respiratory) symptoms with that
     
  7. scimo

    scimo Out Of The Brooder

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    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies,
    Thanks for the advice. I ended up using my wife's eye medicine. I need to create a first aid kit like you. I wonder what the shekf life is for all the medications? I plan to order the medicine online and have it ready for the next emergency.

    How is her eye doing? Is it any better?

    WoodlandWoman,
    the chicken is doing better. I now call that chicken "Popeye." I don't know if it is because I spent more time with this chicken, but Popeye is the most affectionate out of my flock of 6. She likes to fly to me. The other chickens don't.

    dlhunicorn,
    Thanks for the link. I think the eye problem was created by trauma (pecking) because it came and went quickly and no other chickens had the same problem. Though I must say both eyes are not very bright compared to the other chickens.


    Could this be Corzya? I think some of my chickens may have it and a dew have this type of swelling.

    BlueMoon,
    How are your chicken's eyes doing now?​
     
  8. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one who went blind was given away and I think became someone's dinner (I don't really want to know, but I did emphasize when parting that it was a hen and that she'd start laying eggs as soon as her body weight went up a bit). The others are ok (bar the one who doesn't have these symptoms, but has others and is in ICU now - aka my husband's woodshop). The eye swelling still hasn't gone away. many of the birds only have one eye that's red. I don't think it's eye worm. None of them seem to have trouble breathing.

    I have an excellent vet - she looked over Helen (blind hen) and guessed Corzya, but didn't do tests, as I was trying to find her another home.

    Good luck and please keep us posted
     

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