Eye infections with Silkies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pennie1, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    937
    11
    141
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hiles
    I purchased 6 Silkies about a month ago. 2 whites, 2 blk, 1 blue and one partridge. With Silkies of course they have these tremendous top knots and you can't see their eyes. I look at them periodically, though not all of them at one time. But the other day I noticed one that really didn't seem to know where he(?) was. Today I looked at him closely and noticed that his eyes have crusted shut. I looked at one of the blks and saw that one eye was also crusted shut. I took them out and cleaned them thoroughly and gave them a haircut, but they really dont want to open their eyes. What is the cause of this, and what should I do?[​IMG]
     
  2. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    937
    11
    141
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hiles
    Does anybody have any ideas? Please, I need some guidance.
     
  3. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    937
    11
    141
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hiles
    Please!!! Help...
     
  4. i have read that eyes crusted over are a symptom of something. Give me a minute and i will get back to you.
     
  5. Okay, it looks like it could be a sign of a mycoplasma infection. Do they have any other symptoms? Any nasal discharge or sneezing? Lethargy? How is their appetite and droppings?
     
  6. . . . from this chart here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pwhjQ6Yng877iz_JNiCN1IQ

    . . . closed eyes is a symptom of Infectious Coryza. Do they have any of the other symptoms listed?

    "In chicks 4 weeks and older- nasal discharge, facial swelling, one or both eyes closed. In growing and adult birds - swollen face, eyes, and sinuses; watery eyes with eyelids stuck together; foul-smelling discharge from nose; drop in feed and water consumption as well as egg production; diarrhea sometimes; wheezing. Progresses through flock varies from a few days to up to 3 months. Recovered birds are carriers."
     
  7. Dylan's Silkies

    Dylan's Silkies Songster

    140
    1
    101
    Jun 16, 2010
    Virginia
    I had the same thing happen to one of my silkies so I plucked the feathers around her eyes and gave her some eye drops called ciprofloxacin. It's an antibiotic. I got it at First State Vet Supply. Within a week, she didn't have any problems with her eyes.
     
  8. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    937
    11
    141
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hiles
    There don't seem to be any other symptoms. Everything is fine. Poop is good, food and water consumption is good. No sneezing or anything that comes to mind. That would absolutely stink if these birds are contagious. I bought them from a reputable breeder. They are about 15 - 16 wks old.

    I'll give the antibiotic eye drops if I can find them. They did seem better when I washed them and cut the feathers away from their eyes. Let's all pray it's nothing bad. All the other birds seem fine. They are in with 4 other Silkies that I purchased from the same place and 10 4 wk old chicks.
     
  9. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

    937
    11
    141
    Aug 17, 2009
    Hiles
    eye drops called ciprofloxacin. It's an antibiotic. I got it at First State Vet Supply

    Did you need a prescription from a vet or is it sold through the mail?​
     
  10. chickenGRAFFITI

    chickenGRAFFITI Songster

    122
    0
    109
    Dec 18, 2009
    Quote:Did you need a prescription from a vet or is it sold through the mail?

    First State is a chicken based vet website. The vet is Dr. Peter Brown (the Chicken doctor). He will help you out for free as long as you purchase meds from him. He is GREAT. Check them out at http://www.firststatevetsupply.com/. Also his email is [email protected]. Best of luck!

    Roshan
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: