Chicken (pullet) 4 month old stung in eye by honey bees

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Leann Moot, Aug 23, 2019.

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  1. Leann Moot

    Leann Moot Chirping

    May 24, 2017
    I have a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte 4 month old pullet named Shirly.that was stung in the eye about 15 times by honey bees. I have removed all the stingers. Her eye is swollen, cloudy and a dark color. She is sensitive to light and keeps her eye closed when she is in the sun but when she is in the chicken coop she opens it. She has some vision in the eye but I don't know how much. Yesterday I went to tractor supply and bought Terramycin Ophthalmic ointment and I am applying to her eye 3 times a day along with childrens benadryl 2 time a day. She is acting normal, eating and drinking good, going outside looking for bugs, poop is good, no sneezing or respiratory issues. I have not removed her from the 5 other chickens she lives with because she is not getting picked on at all. Since applying the Terramycin to her eye it seems to be a little better every day. I am posting this to see if any one out there has had some experience with chicken eye bee stings? I would love to here from you, thanks.

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  2. tripletfeb

    tripletfeb Songster

    Was she stung in the eyeball itself? Or just the lid?
  3. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Crossing the Road

    Nov 5, 2018
    Hello and welcome back to Backyard Chickens! So glad you decided to join the flock.:woot

    I'm so sorry to hear about your girl! I haven't experienced anything like that before.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2019
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I have no experience with a chicken with bee stings but IMO, you've done a great job treating her. I would continue with your current treatment as she is improving. It will take time for her to recover.
  5. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Good luck with your pullet!
  6. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Free Ranging

    Jul 24, 2016
    Washington State
    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! I sure hope she will be okay. Haven't dealt with that myself.
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :frow Sorry, that sounds painful! You already removed the stingers, that’s great. Keep using the ointment until all swelling and irritation is gone. Cold compress early may help but I don’t think many chickens would be tolerating it. If the stingers did not damage the eye itself or at the most caused an abrasion on the cornea she should be ok... 15 stings, that’s a lot! Never had a critter with more than one and no damage to eye
  8. DallasLoneStar

    DallasLoneStar Chirping

    May 21, 2019
    Dallas, TX
    A rooster can mate 10 times a day?!
  9. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here. I hope the ER folks can help further

    More generally, this is a useful link to take a look at - “How to...” guides. You may wish to consider including your location under your avatar (using the guide in the link above). You can use this link to contact members in your area - U.S. States, UK, Europe, Australia, Canada (for other countries, check here - Where am I? Where are you!)

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like you are doing all the right things for her. I hope she continues to improve.
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