Chick's eyes are BLEEDING. *Graphic*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ecrewe, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi

    One of my chicks who hatched this morning appears to have been attacked by a chicken. Both her eyes are swollen shut with blood seeping through them. One of her ears is also bleeding. However despite these gruesome injuries the chick has lots of energy and spirit.
    I would like to give it chance, but I'm not sure what I can use to clean the eyes and ears as they are such delicate organs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    On this side the ear has been pecked open.
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  2. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    UPDATE

    The chick is eating and drinking-still full of energy :) Her eyes are begging to open and the swelling is reducing. However, the wound where the ear once was is pretty big. Do I leve it open to heal or somehow plaster/bandage it up?

    The opening where the ear was:

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  3. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im really sorry i don't know how to help but someone should come along soon to help!
     
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    With eye injuries, having an experienced avian vet see her would best; if that's not an option, I've used Vetericyn wound healing spray to heal open wounds, and they make an ophthalmic gel specifically for the eye. If it was my chick, I'd clean the wound out well, leave the wound uncovered and either spray several times a day with Vetericyn and/or apply the gel or cover with a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment (not in the eye, and it needs to be one without pain reliever). You'll have to monitor to ensure there's no infection and that flies, etc., stay out of the wound. If all goes well, new skin should cover the wounds and dead skin slough off, but it will take time. I would also give a vitamin and electrolyte supplement like Sav-A-Chick to help boost her immune system while she's recovering. Best wishes for her speedy recovery!
     
  5. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!

    I live in South Africa. So I can't get thoose products. Could you please tell me the active/main ingredients in vetericyn so I can look for alternatives. What antibiotics should I be looking for? Will penicillin do?

    Thank you again!
     
  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    The active ingredient is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) 0.0120%. Here's a link to their site: http://vetericyn.com. If your local feed stores don't carry it, can you order online, like from Amazon?

    The triple antibiotic ointment should contain Neomycin/polymyxin B/bacitracin (like Neosporin brand) without pain reliever.
     
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  7. Ecrewe

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    Thank you for all your help. I'll try get the antibiotics from a pharmacy/ garden store tomorrow ( we don't have Amazon here).
    Until then can I continue cleaning the wound with saline solution, or will it damage the eye?
     
  8. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cleaning the eye with saline should be just fine. Does the eye itself look damaged, or just the skin around it?
     
  9. Ecrewe

    Ecrewe Out Of The Brooder

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    Both the eyes are still slightly swollen. One eye can be opened half way and looks normal, while the other eye stays shut. I think it has been pecked...poor thing... I doubt it will see in that eye again.
     
  10. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don't give up hope yet - the swelling might go down and reveal a sound eye. Even if not, she should do fine with one good eye. [​IMG]
     

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