Duckling with injured eyes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Fizzgig, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After rescuing a duckling I thought was dead from the cold (not freezing I live in Australia so about mid. 70's) I have noticed that she doesn't seem to be able to see and her eyes look damaged. When I found her she was covered in dirt but that seemed to wash off in the bath I gave her to raise her body temp[​IMG]



    Any advise would be welcome I'm pretty sure one eye is a loss but I'd like to save the other if possible
     
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  2. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops here is the other eye

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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If you can get her to a vet, I would do that.

    In any case, I would gently rinse the eyes - try to get an idea if she has lost her eyes or not. She may still have eyes that mostly work, and so rinsing with saline solution several times a day may be what she needs in addition to warmth, good food and fresh water and a safe place.

    Also, please consider posting this over on the Duck Forum - more duck people check in there.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
     
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  4. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rinsing is exactly what the vet suguested. He's not an avian or farm specialist though we don't have any around here so I thought I'd ask and see if anyone here knew anymore.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I recommend that you post on the duck forum if you have not, already.
     
  6. casportpony

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    Can you clean it off really well and post pictures again? Any wheezing, sneezing or fluid from the nostrils?

    -Kathy

    Edited to add: Is it eating and drinking?
     
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  7. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rinsing worked today she is able to see 100% again even from the eye that looked so bad I thought she'd lost it for sure. Thank you for your help
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hooray, Fizzgig! Could you give us an update on her eating, drinking, pooping?
     
  9. Fizzgig

    Fizzgig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure her eating, drinking and pooping was never affected. Once she got warm and cleaned up we put her in the brooder for a couple of days. The brooders three perminant residents (rejected babies) are used to visitors from the outside pens and show them around. With peeps to follow the duckling didn't need people help to find food or water. She is showing signs that she wants back outside so if her coparents allow it she will probably join her brothers and sisters outside
     
  10. Amiga

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