Cyclops Chicken - help! Bad eye problem (graphic & scary)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BlueMoon, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Young hen has one eye swollen. So swollen she can only see out of the corner a teeny bit. I don't know if she's sick or got something in her eye, or was stung, got into a brawl.

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    Gone on for a few days - she's isolated now, drinking water with baby aspirin.


    Any ideas how to help her? Or what could have happened?

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    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
  2. turtleblossom

    turtleblossom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh - my - goodness! That looks terribly painful! I hope someone can help!
     
  3. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turtleblossom, I hope so too! Corrected the photos. Poor chicken!
     
  4. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any ideas? She's really suffering.
     
  5. femalecbrown

    femalecbrown Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a dog that looked like this. I took him to a vet tech who immediately sent me to the animal hospital thinking the eye would have to be removed. It turned out that he had jabbed a stick in his eye and had an infection. With a good cleaning and antibiotic cream, he healed fairly fast. Good luck in helping her.
     
  6. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    My chicken had a eye problem. infection. I used saline solution to flush and triple antibiotic to treat. She responded well to it!

    This one might need a vet~ I would put her on anti biotics ASAP. I am sure someone will chime in and tell you what kind. Some vitamins also~
     
  7. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    My cat had something similar where the inner eye lid was like that. The vet said that it was a feline herpes infection. When my chickens recently had a respiratory problem the State Poultry Vet told me that chickens can also get herpes eye infections, or otherwise known as a viral eye infection. I also think he called it LT. Anyways, I don't really know much more than that, or if it really even pertains to your situation. I hope that it heals up for you.

    Debbie
     
  8. anothercrazychick

    anothercrazychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow... ouch... I think you should get her on some tylan injectable (35 mg/kg, twice day, orally or IM) and see if you can get some really good eye ointment for her. I recommend Fucithalmic eye gel - it doesn't sting like gentomycin or chloramphenicol and it works really well. Put it in her eye twice a day for 3-4 days, then once a day for at least another week or until the eye is clearing up nicely. If you are able to visit a vet, I would also ask for metacam (0.1 mg/kg, once per day) to help bring down the swelling. If you can't get ahold of metacam, then give her 55 mg/kg aspirin (usually 1 baby aspirin is about right for the average sized standard hen), once per day for a couple of days. After that, I would recommend giving her aspirin in her water (5 x 325 mg aspirin in 4 litres of water, free choice) - don't combine the aspirin/water with metacam and don't give it at the same time that you are dosing her with the low-dose single aspirin. Is there cheesy pus in the eye socket? Any bad smells? Is the rest of the face swollen? Is the other eye normal? Any respiratory symptoms?

    Laura
     
  9. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    I have a serama hen that is recovering from what appeared to be a similar eye problem. There was no smell, no drainage, she's been eating/drinking/pooping/acting normally thru the whole ordeal - she just had this HUGE bulbous eye that kept getting bigger, and her "third eyelid" was swollen/inflamed. I did manage to get a piece of nasty pine bedding out of the roof of her mouth at one point, so we're assuming this was caused by a foreign body lodged in her sinus cavity.

    Antibiotics didn't help (first Tylan, and later Baytril), so it had to be opened - an unbelievable amount of cheesy puss was in there, and there was no other way for it to escape. Its been 5 days since her surgery, and she's still on twice daily Baytril injections (and will be for at least another 5 days) - she's looking better - not great, but there has been a noticeable improvement.

    I hope your hen gets better Blue Moon - preferably without having to take the drastic measures I had to with mine - have you consulted with a vet about this?
     
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  10. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's only on her right eye - the left is fine. She's eating fine too, provided she can find the food. That was one of the reasons I isolated her.
    No bad smell, a bit of clear oozing, but no pus.
    Just spent a months salary on the golden retriever (who had salmonella of all things), so vet is out of the question. I'll do what I can, will try surgery if no improvement. Just nervous about cutting close to the eye. How did you do that anyway?
     

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