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chick's eye -- problem!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by achake01, May 23, 2010.

  1. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    My chick has an eye problem! Does anyone know what this is, or how to treat it? [​IMG]
  2. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    i sure dont [​IMG]
  3. Sooner

    Sooner My kids Mom!

    Mar 22, 2009
    It's hard to tell from the picture, is it matted or runny or crusty?? How does the chick behave? Does it act sick or could if have gotten scratched??
  4. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Also did this just come up or has it been there since hatch?
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    You can get some Tylan50 from TSC and dilute it 1:4 ratio with Saline Solution. Put one drop in the eye twice daily.
  6. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Thank you --
    I noticed it the day after I brought the chicks home (three days ago). I started putting bacitracin directly on the eye and washing it out with basic eye drops from CVS (99% purified water). This seems to have helped open up the eye, which you couldnt see before. So now I know he has an eye, it just looks infected and shut. That eye also looks very dilated. I went to the feed store and got a packet of Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride Soluble Powder, which I am adding to their drinking water at a rate of about 1/4 tsp. per 1 cup.
    How do you guys think I am doing?
    Also, he has something on his feett that the other chick of the same breed doesnt have, but I don't know if that means illness. I'll see if I can take a picture and send along.
    Thanks all
  7. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Oh! And the chick acts quite normal. Playful and curious and appetite like the others.
  8. sally4500

    sally4500 Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hi, I have a chick, who the day after I brought her home, had her eye shut. Come to find out, one of the other chicks was pecking everyone's eyes. Jeez!! So I cleaned it up with sterile water, and it seemed to get better until day 4, then I noticed a little goop and crust. I was at the vet that day for my horse, so I asked him about it, and he gave me a triple antibiotic ointment to put in her eye. He said to give it atleast 5 days, and if it was working to continue for 10 days, 3 times a day. So today is day 7 and the eye is pretty much back to normal. She, too, was acting completely normal, aside form the eye injury.

    So maybe the ointment may help your baby.
  9. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Just wanted to let you know that your message made me feel a lot better. In just a day, this chick is practically cured; I am blown away by how helpful this Web site was. With a simple eye wash applied four times a day, along with a triple antibiotic ointment applied directly to the eye after the wash (who knew?!), in just a day, this chick is remarkably better. Also, I was able to avoid having to spend $100 at the vet for a prescription and just go straight to the feed store for a little antibiotic to add to their water. (Yay feed stores, Boo pricey vets!). For a little guy I thought had a missing eye--to now having two!--is pretty remarkable and I feel humbled and grateful to all of you for your wisdom, kindness and help.
    All the best--
    Anne Marie

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