Clyde has an eye problem advise please

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  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I have to get a better look and will in a moment but from what I can tell Clyde my male peacock who lives with his mate and free ranges all day and otherwise seems very healthy is having eye issues.

    It seems like his eye lid is closing and that he can not open it well. he keeps rubbing them and then they will open but not for long. it is causing him to be blind. one eye seems worse than the other but neither look swollen from a distance. I saw no discharge or any other symptoms, poo is fine and he is eating well. I did a search but could not find anything. I plan to get up close in a few minutes when he has settled back in to roost.

    any ideas? could this be some form of pink eye? there has been no new birds on my land other than day old chicks and that was months ago but there are lots of wild birds around that steal the feed.

    thanks,
    Susan
     
  2. Exotics R Us

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    This could be the start of sinusitis. I know a lot of you free range people don't like to catch your birds but I would and give him a shot 1cc of tylan 200 and if you have a big pen lock him up for a few days to see what happens because he may need another shot in a few days. there maybe something to put in there water but this could take longer.

    Ricky
     
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  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I'd agree with Exotics, if it looks like it's swollen at all under the eye, you will almost definitely want to treat him with Tylan. You can inject 1cc subcutaneously (under the skin not into muscle... pinch skin, lift away from body, insert needle into flap of skin so the bevel is under the skin but not into muscle, and inject) between the wings at the base of the neck on the back- NOT the breast. Breast injections can injure the bird.
     
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok i will order tylan today and have shipped express. thank you!!!!

    on closer inspection I can see that there is some swelling and discharge around the eye. I can keep him penned but when he freeranges he stays in the yard so I can always see him. I think I caught it very early and hope that this meds takes care of it. will this spread to my chooks? I dont mind using meds on the peas but I have my organic girls free ranging in the same yard.
     
  5. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    It shouldn't but it -can-. Two of my peas caught a sinus infection from my chickens last year, and we treated everyone to be safe.

    The problem with most respiratory disease in birds, from what I know, is that it's really hard to "cure" them. You can treat the symptoms and the bird will become asymptomatic, but they'll more than likely be carriers afterward. Stress at a later date can bring on an infection.
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    thanks I can only hope that it does not spread. I know that CRD are not curable but pray that this is not something that spreads. No one has even been on my land in months (buyers I mean) and clyde only lets me touch him and I have a closed flock no newbies in over 2 years as well. No one else has any symptoms including Bonnie his mate. I have had them about 2 years and never a single issue. They have their own coop not near the chickens also. I practice strict biosecurity so I am figuring a wild bird must have infected him as what else could there be?

    I ordered the meds and hope that it fixes the problem.

    I know birds can get pink eye could that be the problem?
     
  7. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Quote:Conjunctivitis is really more common in the smaller birds like finches, and it's unlikely that it was transmitted to your peas. If I recall, it's contact spread as well, so unless your peas were rubbing faces with infected locals, I doubt it. Sinus infections are much more common in poulty/game birds.
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok so I am not sure what to think. This morning after inspection clyde's eye looks fine. I cant see any swelling or discharge, perhaps he got something stuck in it and finally got it out? I hate to stress him so I dont grab him I just look while standing a few inches away. luckily he stands still lol I will obviously hold him to medicate but it really stresses him so I try to avoid it. But from what I can see his eyes are fine. I ordered the tylan and will keep it on hand and treat him if any symptoms come up again. very strange..... but I feel better lol I think he does too![​IMG]
     

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