Chicken eyeball


Oct 26, 2017
Any advice is very much so appreciated!

Yesterday I found that my 10 month old silkie rooster (Casper) had been attacked my other flock members. He is left with this horrible swelling over his left eye (if there is still an eye under all the swelling). I’ve since, isolated him and sprayed water-diluted hydrogen peroxide and veterinary ‘pink eye spray’, other than the swelling he acts completely normal. I don’t know what else to do or how to make the swelling go down, it seems to get worse with time. Again, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Peroxide is never used near or in the eyes. Vetericyn eye spray, saline, or a human eye wash available in pharmacies are all good to flush the eye. Then use an antibiotic eye ointment, such as Terramycin, or plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

A vet would have other choices as well. When an eye is pecked, it can cause the conjunctiva to swell for several days. It may take some time before you can see the eye well enough to know that it is still there. If the eye was swollen before, it could have attracted pecking, and that can be a sign of a respiratory disease such as MG or coryza.

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