Chicken Skin Allergies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pachina, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Pachina

    Pachina New Egg

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    We have a chicken who seems to have slightly swollen eyes and who seems very itchy. Could this be allergies? Is there another reason that could cause this? We just gave her a bath, hoping that may help. Thanks for any input!
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    Can you post some photos of the eyes?

    Is there any discharge from the eyes?
    When you say "itchy" are the eyes itchy or is the whole chicken itchy?
    Have you checked for lice/mites?
    Have you added anything to their environment that would be extra dusty - new bedding, etc.?

    Most of the time respiratory illnesses are the cause of swollen eyes.

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  3. Pachina

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    New bedding was added, we have now removed this bird from the regular coop and placed her in the house with paper towels and no bedding. I believe she is around six weeks old. She keeps her eyes closed almost constantly, even when she is walking, eating, and drinking. No excessive sneezing or coughing, and she doesn't seem itchy on her entire body, just the head/eye area.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is she eating and drinking?
    What does her poop look like?
    Is she active, lethargic, puffed up, sitting/laying down a lot?
    Can she walk ok?
    Did the eye swelling and scratching start after you added new bedding?

    Since she's got both eyes closed most of the time, get some saline and gently flush the eyes. Look to see if there is possibly anything in them (you may need a helper [​IMG]). She may have gotten some dust or debris in them from bedding, food, etc. If there is something in there you can use a wet qtip to try to get it out, then you can apply some Vetericyn eye gel or Terramycin eye ointment in the eyes if you feel that it's necessary.

    Offer some poultry vitamins in her water in case the itching is nutritional.
     

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