Emergency! Eye Injury!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SpringbankFamilyFarm, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. SpringbankFamilyFarm

    SpringbankFamilyFarm Chirping

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    On my chicks (hatched March 2019), has injured her eye, not sure how...whether someone has pecked her or some grit or food or mud or grass or leaf etc etc has got in or not...but its been swollen for a few days now, i have washed it every day and the swelling decreases and then increases again. Other than the eye, she is herself, eating soft food as i think the swelling makes it hard for her to eat hard pellets, she goes to bed and cuddles up to her best friends and no one is bullying her...but is there anything else i can do? Or am i missing something obvious maybe? Have attached pictures :) thanks in advance for any and all help!
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Sorry about your pullet.
    Had she been sneezing at all? Any discharge from her nares (nostrils)?
    And bubbles in the eyes?
    It looks like there is pus in the eye and that needs to be removed. Her eye can then be flushed with saline solution then you can apply triple antibiotic ointment to the eye twice a day.
    You can Google "how to remove pus from a chickens eye" for some videos on technique and what to expect.
     
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    I would try to clean the eye as @DobieLover has described, and look for any foreign material in the eye such as a seed pod, dirt, feather, etc. Saline or an inexpensive eye wash from Walmart can be used. Terramycin eye ointment or plain Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment applied to the eye after squeezing out the pus is done twice a day. If you do not get the pus out, it may not get better. Frequently this is caused by a respiratory infection such as MG or coryza. If you note other symptoms, you may want to treat with an oral antibiotic. The first graphic video below shows how to get the pus out:


    The second video is for a long standing infection and done by a vet:
     
  4. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    My daughter uses vetracyn for her horse that gets eye infections. Best of luck, hope she gets better soon.
     
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  5. SpringbankFamilyFarm

    SpringbankFamilyFarm Chirping

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    Sorry, for the delay in replying...i wash her eye everyday and the swelling is decreasing, yesterday was the first time she tried opening her eye while eating and i could see a corner of her eye...no bubbles or discharge from her nose and no sneezing...if you saw her from the left you would think shes a normal chicken
     
  6. SpringbankFamilyFarm

    SpringbankFamilyFarm Chirping

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    Thank you very much, i shall give this a go!
     
  7. Eggcessive

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    Let us know how she gets along. Glad to hear that the eye is improving.
     

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