Chicken with "swollen" eyes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MochaDuck, May 26, 2019.

  1. MochaDuck

    MochaDuck Songster

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    So I noticed today that my 3yo buff Orpington's eyes looked swollen or something. She's the only one I've noticed with her eyes looking weird. She acts fine. She eats, drinks, and laid an egg today (and took a sun/dust bath). The only major difference in her behavior is that she kinda acted scared of me (which she sometimes walks away when you walk towards her, or crouchs when you pet her, but she isn't scared of people). But she may have just been scared of my phone and camera. What is wrong with her?
    @casportpony @Wyorp Rock
    (Btw, she wouldn't hold still for me to get a picture of her right eye)

    Edit: Should I quarantine her?

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  2. Grits&Eggs

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    when my marans eye swelled I tried everything, after two weeks I finally decided to bring her to the vet and got an antibiotic cream to put in the eye and boom, gone in a couple days.
     
  3. MochaDuck

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    Thanks. Do you remember what it was called or what the container looked like?
     
  4. MochaDuck

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    Anyone else? Btw, her comb and wattles may be less bright than normal.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    Can you get a better look at her eye? Was she pecked or does she have debris in the corner and underneath the eye?
    I would also look inside her ear to make sure there's no infection or debris - hard to tell if that's swollen or the angle of the camera.

    General eye care would be to flush with saline and apply an eye ointment like Terramycin. You can also use Vetericyn eye gel or plain neosporin.

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  6. MochaDuck

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    Thanks. I'll try to get a better look in her eyes. My mom caught another hen pecking her head area earlier.
    This will sound stupid, but how do you look inside a chicken's ear?
     
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  7. Anime2lover

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    Looks like what mine had once, used eve cream, antibiotics, and ear medicine, wich seemed to help, because they all recovered.
     
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  8. Wyorp Rock

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    If another hen is pecking at her some, I would definately give her a good looking over, see if the eye has a scab, if she's got any lice or fleas around the eyes, infection, etc.

    I find inspecting a chicken is easier when I have them standing on a table. To look in the ear, gently pull that little tuft of feathers back and you will see the ear canal - it should be clean, smooth and the color of your hen's skin.
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  9. MochaDuck

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    Ok. She's in bed now, so I'll look her over tomorrow.
     
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  10. SurferchickinSB

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    Same thing happened to my Marans eye and I tried everything too! I also brought mine to the vet and got antibiotic drops and pills. She got better by the end of her treatments.
     

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