Eye Infection

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by baabs9698, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. baabs9698

    baabs9698 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two hens (yellow buff's name is Fred) and I don't know what the other one is. About a week ago, one of them (Wilma) developed a bubbly eye. I started researching and used a warm compress several times a day. It got worse, so i started her on an oral antibiotic from our local feed store. Then the other eye became infected. Through all of this, she was eating, drinking, playing and seemed only slightly annoyed. She also continued to lay her one egg per day

    It has gotten significantly worse. her left eye (where it started, she keeps closed all the time though the swelling has gone down and there are now just small scabs around it that appear to be healing.. The right eye, she will open after i get the crusties off, and she will follow Fred mostly by sound and feed and drink just a little (if i keep enticing Fred with grubs, etc to keep eating. I move the waterer around while i let them outside to forage and watch them the whole time they are out. They are just like cats, move it to a new place and they think it's a something new.

    today (15th) she just seemed so miserable. I can tell she's lost a lot of weight and am concerned she will die of dehydration/malnutrition. These two hens are pets, though we do eat their eggs (not right now of course). If she's not drinking I don't know how i can get the antibiotics into her. Our feed store doesn't carry anything like that, and we have no vets within a 100 mile radius that I have been able to find who treat chickens. We are in the country and I imagine the farmers are all their own vets, i don't know how else to explain the lack of poultry vets.

    Fred is perfectly fine, nothing has affected him at all. I should add that yesterday when I was holding Wilma,, i put my ear to chest and I could hear faint rattling. Her nose is not runny and she doesn't appear to be in respiratory distress.

    I started with something called vetamyacin, for her eye. It's a gel and seems to be helping, though she still has active bubbles in the right eye. The left eye appears "healed or healing" but she will not open it, i'm wondering if it is stuck shut? I couldn't even see where the eye was it was so full of scabs until today, so I'm pretty sure she hasn't opened the eye at all in several days. Is it possible for that eye to become permanently stuck shut?

    What else can i do? If I could find a vet I would take her. I could probably find a mail order place for medicine but I'm not sure what she has or what I should order or if it will even get here in time. She didn't lay an egg today and at first she appeared to have "given up" I took her out into the sun (it was chilly this morning, around 55 degrees) and cleaned off her eye, put some ointment on it and pretty soon she was wiping her eyes herself. Before i knew it she has one eye open and wanted to explore, very cautiously.

    they have a large fenced enclosure (on concrete) with a large rabbit hutch for a home. Two stories and they love it. I let them out every day to forage in the yard,

    I am sorry for the long post, just trying to give as much info as I can. I am very distressed about this. She is such a sweet girl, and I don't want her suffering needlessly but I also am not convinced that she wont' recover. This is my first time with chickens, we have always had ducks. We ended up with chickens because hubby slipped two chicks into the brooding pen to see how long it would take before i noticed the imposters. They have turned out to be the best pets, so loving and very smart. I live in the Houston, TX area. If any of you can help, I would sure appreciate it. I'll take a picture of her tomorrow. My avatar is a picture of the two of them together in healthier days. They are both about 8 months old, Hubby brought home 2 day old chicks from the feed store around Easter time and I've grown to love them very much. I would appreciate any help!
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Your other hen is an Easter Egger by looking at the photos.

    Some will be quick to jump to a respiratory infection, but I have heard these same symptoms that a friend of mine had experienced. She had lab tests done on them, and it was the human equivalent of pink eye.

    The treatment was water soluble antibiotic powder, though I'm not 100% on what it was called. I'll get back to you.
     
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

     
  4. baabs9698

    baabs9698 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your reply. This is what we got from our feed store and have been putting it in the water, fresh every day. But she is no longer drinking (unless i really work with her, she takes only a few drops). :(

    I'm wondering why Fred doesn't have any sign of it. We still call Fred a "he" because when he was a wee one my nephew named him Fred and we have always called him he, knowing full well "he" was a hen.
     
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  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    What I recommend doing to get that medicine into her is making a really runny food/water combination, and gently dipping the tip of her beak into it. She'll probably just take a very little bit at a time.

    Can you keep her warm while she's recovering?
     
  6. baabs9698

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    Oxytetracycline is what I've been offering in the water, changing it out every day. She just wasn't drinking much

    UPDATE!!! Just came in from playing with the chickens. Both Wilma's eyes were shut so i proceeded to hot pack, then let her run around a bit and rub them a little on her own.

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Then hot pack again (really warm packs) and some of the eye gel to soften everything up. Got one eye open and she moved around a little but was still very unhappy and unwilling to forage or drink. I took a closer look at her left eye (the one that's been closed for 4 days) and realized there was a big scab over it keeping her eye shut...i thought the scab was under her eye. What i was originally looking at as her "eye slit" was actually the lid. DUH. So with a little gentle manipulation with warm water packs and eye gel, I got the scab off and she opened her left eye!!! BOTH EYES ARE NOW OPEN. They look pretty crusty but she is one happy girl. She was all over the yard, caught a couple of good sized bugs to eat, she's drinking, scratching, flapping her wings in pure joy. She has a ways to go but at least i know she won't starve to death while i'm trying to treat.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Thank you all for your assistance![/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We have a lot of critters here, 3 inside cats (we adopted them), a bunny, an african grey, 1 garage cat (adopted us), 9 ducks and two chickens. Love em all![/FONT]
     
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    Here is a picture of her taken today while she was looking for bugs. That left eye is open! Hubby is trying to send the pics he took with his phone, close ups of the eye. I forgot my camera when i went out there today.
     
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    These pictures were taken today (nov 17th) The bottom one is her left eye that has been closed for 4 days, the one above it is her right eye. Is it possible this is some kind of fungal problem? Are those nodules on her beak/front of the face normal?
     
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  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    What is that thing by her beak? Is that her comb, or crust? I'm confused..
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Oh that there looks like fowl pox.

     
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