Closed eye, lethargic, no discharge, what's wrong? (pictures included)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Poppy-the-hen, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    My 5 month pullet almost always has her left eye closed. She opens it only to movement or loud noises. At first, I thought it was because our older hen had pecked her eye as there seems to be a scab on it, could this 'scab' be causing her discomfort? She has no pus or discharge coming from the eye and it is not swollen either.
    I was watching her today and she had light brown diarrhea. She is drinking a lot and pecking around but sometimes just stands there with only one eye open. She is still roosting fine.
    I'm not sure if this is related but she does have 'scabs' ( I'm not sure what they are) on her wattle and a little bit on the tips of her comb. Her comb is also a lighter colour than it normally is.
    Our other pullet, 5 months as well, also has these 'scabs' (without the closed eye and is more active than the other one) but our 2 year old hen does not (she is isolated at the moment and has been for 4 days).

    What could be wrong??
     
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  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I am going to hazard a guess and say it might be dry fowl pox. I have not personally treated it, but I have read about the symptoms on they forums. you can do a search on the forum to find out if it sounds like the problem and find out how others treated it.
     
  3. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some pictures:
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    ^Her eye that is fine and the lumps on her wattle/comb

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    ^Closed sore eye with lump

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    ^Open sore eye

    The eye seems to be swollen. Could this be a form of chicken conjunctivitis?
    As for the scabby lumps... Fowl pox?
    We only just got her two weeks ago (along with another) and they both have the exact same sort of lumps :S
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Yes they have pox.
     
  5. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    What sort of treatment would be appropriate?
    Is the pox the cause of the swollen eye as well? My other chook doesn't have the this problem.
     
  6. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes that's definately what the problem is, thanks so much.
    She must have a bit of pox on her eye-lid, that is why it's causing her discomfort.
    How do you think they would have gotten this virus? This means that all three of my chooks have pox, two which visibly have it and one with no signs of 'scabs' but has a respiratory problem (she's on antibiotics).
     
  7. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh okay, so it will just eventually disappear by itself?
     
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    If it's just dry fowl pox, in my experience you just leave it alone and it goes away. Watch for respiratory or eating problems - that could indicate wet pox, which is much more serious as it can make it hard for them to breathe or eat.
     
  9. Poppy-the-hen

    Poppy-the-hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, thanks so much for everyone's answers :)
     

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