chicks right eye won't open

chickenlips

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I bought a two day old silky banty from a feed and farm store last night. When I got it home I noticed that it's right eye was halfway closed. Today it's completely closed and won't open. I washed it gently to see if that would help, but it only seemed to hurt the baby. I'm wondering if I should return it to the store and exchange it for a healthy chick or is there anything I can do to fix it?
 
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sammi

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most likely it might just have been pecked and has a small injury.
you can wash the eye with saline eye wash.
and apply antibiotic eye ointment or drops..
or apply polysporin antibiotic ointment around the eye.

BUT...it's also possible the chick could have a respiratory illness..(often swollen eyes can be a symptom)

is the chick eating and drinking?
please describe the droppings.
is the chick sneezing or have any breath sounds (wheezing/rattling, labored breathing)
drainage from beak

chicks do much better with a buddy.
when they are alone they get very stressed.

is the chick in a brooder?
at 2 days old, it needs to be kept at about 90-95 degrees, with no draft.
chick vitamins are a good idea, too.
 

chickenlips

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The chick is in a heated brooder with 4 other chicks and has been eating, drinking, and pooping just fine. It's eye is not swollen, red or draining. The lid just seems to be sealed shut.
 

chickenlips

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Great news! My little silkies eye is now open and "she's" seeing fine!!!
 

Gonzo the Great

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Had the same exact happen to me. Had a RIR chick with a pecked eye. Her side was swollen and a little weepy. I spread a little neosporin on it and just kept her with separated from the evil silkie that I suspected was the culprit.

This was about 10 weeks ago. She is now healthy and still growing. The silkie turns out to be a bantam and is now the hen pecked one that all of the standard sizes like to size up.
 

galxox

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Im so happy its doing better this story reminded me of something that happened to me during the summer. I was taking a walk with my friend when i noticed that a pigeon all alone was just standing on the ground with no other pigeons around it. I found it quite odd so i went over to it and the closer i got it never moved i finally got the closet i could get to it and i actually picked this wild pigeon up, its eyes were horrible like they were like drooping into it self. I dropped it off at a Vet but i never heard the results hope its doing good where ever it is
 

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