Duckling with a goopy eye

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Stanui, May 4, 2009.

  1. Stanui

    Stanui Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    One of my ducklings (about a week old) has an eye that is just a little bit mattery. I noticed it yesterday, but just thought it had been into some kind of a mess. Today I looked at it a little more closely and discovered that it is kind of "goopy".

    I took a wet cloth and gently wiped the eye area. After a few hours I checked on it again and it is still a little 'goopy'.

    Is there something else I should be doing? What do you think would cause this problem? Would it be contagious to the other ducks?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I wonder if the eye has a minor injury. You probably wouldn't be able to see a scratch on a cornea. I'd put some antibiotic ophthalmic ointment in it a couple or three times a day for a few days. It is for sale at the local feed store around here.

    I am certainly no expert, have never even owned a duck, but seen plenty of eye injuries in people. At least it should be more comfortable.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2009
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Mine had problems with their eyes after a difficult hatch (humidity problems, etc...). I cleaned their eyes for a couple of days with some saline solution. The duck that made it is fine now. I was worried it would be blind, but no problems.

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