Eye deformity?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by elizabethjg, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. elizabethjg

    elizabethjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched this cockerel from my RIR rooster and a production red hen. He's 9 weeks old and already crowing.
    The day after he hatched he acted as though he was blind and ran into literally everything. A few days after that he started to get gross puss all around his eyes, we too him to the vet and they treated him for an eye infection. It got a little better but to this day he still gives of puss.
    Also, since he was born his eye lids have never really been the shape and size of his actual eye balls. I'm not sure if I can do anything to help him.
    Here are both of his eyes.[​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    elizabethjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dark blob in front and around his eyes is the puss.
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How have you been treating it?

    Will the "blob" come off?

    Flush the eyes with saline and remove any pus/discharge that you see. Apply some Vetericyn eye gel or Terramycin eye ointment to the eyes. You will need to stay on top of it and keep the eyes as cleaned out a possible (may need to clean/apply ointment at least 2x day).

    Any other symptoms - sneezing, coughing, wheezing?

    It's possible he may have a respiratory illness that may need antibiotic therapy to clear any secondary infection. If you have vet care available, that would be best, otherwise if it doesn't clear up with supportive care - cleaning the eye, applying ointment, offering extra vitamins and protein - then you can try Tylan50 or Oxytretraclycline to see if that helps.

    Keep us posted.
     
  4. elizabethjg

    elizabethjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No respiratory problems, his eyes have been like this the day he hatched. He was treated with an antibiotic from the vet and hooked really well, but he still has the weird oversized eye lids and I think that's why their constantly secreting the liquid.
    Yes it does come off but just forms again the next day.
     
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    Have you tried Blu-kote? If it's of fungal origin, this wound treatment may clear it up. It's an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Diseases like Mycoplasma can be transmitted into the egg and chicks can be hatched with it, so this is one possibility. Since he literally developed symptoms a few days after hatch and responded well to antibiotics, I would suspect this could possibly be what's going on. Of course the oversized eye lids, could be a genetic defect in addition to illness.

    You may want to see if your vet does any testing or you can send a swab to your state lab or an independent lab for testing, to make sure it's not a contagious illness that you are dealing with.

    List of State Labs:
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

    Independent lab testing:
    http://www.zoologix.com/
     
  7. elizabethjg

    elizabethjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for the info, I will probably call and talk to vet.
     

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