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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    Update: so I tried to check her ears and she didn't like it, so I gave up so I wouldn't hurt her. Her eyes seemed kinda dirty today, so I cleaned up some around them. The swelling has changed little to none.

    Edit: she also had some bubbles in one of her eyes when I cleaned it.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2019
  2. AmyJane725

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    Eye bubbles can mean Mycoplasma Gallisepticum, which is a virus, so not directly treatable, but does open the hen up to secondary infections. I think people treat with Tylan50 for this. Input from others is appreciated.

    Would love to see a pic if more bubbles form.
     
  3. MochaDuck

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    Ok. Is it serious or contagious?
     
  4. AmyJane725

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    Yes to both. I'd isolate that bird immediately and keep a close eye on your others. Clean feeders and waterers.
     
  5. AmyJane725

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    Oh, and I seem to have found some misinformation? One source said virus, but others are saying it's a bacteria, so the antibiotics should hopefully help since you caught it early.
     
  6. MochaDuck

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    Could the bubbles have just been from me cleaning her eye? They we're only on one eye.

    She's already been around the other chickens. Is there still a point in seperating her?

    How serious is this, whether is bacteria or a virus? Is it deadly?
     
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  8. AmyJane725

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    That is the stuff.

    Even though it's contagious, there's a chance the others don't have it yet. I'd still isolate (and clean community items) just in case it spares the others.

    It is deadly. I suppose it's possible that a bird could get over it without treatment, but I certainly wouldn't leave it to chance. Respiratory infections are killers for birds.

    How bad were the bubbles? Did you do something during cleaning you think could have caused them? I mean, you didn't use soap, did you?

    Here is a very short thread you can look over. The OP posted a picture of the eye bubbles. Were yours comparable, or much less bad?
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/help-my-hen-has-bubbles-in-her-eye.480071/
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Can you get some clearer photos of her eye?
    Could you tell if it was dirty, had scabs, fleas/mites?
    Bubbles in the eye could be Mycoplasma, but infection from other sources can cause bubbles too. You don't mention any respiratory symptoms. I would flush the eye really well with saline and apply an eye ointment at least 2 times a day as suggested previously. Antibiotics should be your last defense. If she worsens or develops other symptoms then consider treating, but getting testing would be best.

    Mycoplasma is a bacterium and does respond to antibiotic treatment, but a bird that recovers would be a carrier and those that have been living/exposed to that bird would be carriers as well.
     
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