Eye lid closed, moaning/wheezing, lying alone

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HalfDot, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. HalfDot

    HalfDot New Egg

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    Sick chicken. About 2 days ago we noticed that our 3 month old Rhode Island Red hen was keeping her left eye lid closed for extended periods of time. We also noticed that the eye was cloudy, similar to a cataract in humans. This afternoon she started making a sound that seems to be a "moan", as if in pain. Her breathing is very deep and it sounds like she may be wheezing. Since 2 pm she has been in the pen by herself, lying down.

    Prior to this she was the dominant hen, always free ranging, running, playing, etc.

    Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated.

    Regina
     
  2. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure don't know what to tell ya, but I hope she recovers! [​IMG]
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm wondering if it couldn't be Marek's...One of the symptoms is a cloudy eye, like a cataract. This is link about Marek's.
    http://www.shagbarkbantams.com/page9.htm
    Was she vaccinated as a chick?
    Have you brought any new birds in?
    I hope I'm wrong...
     
  4. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Here is a good site to read about different poultry illnesses.

    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/dissymp.htm
    Newcastle disease also causes clouded cornea, but it is much less likely than some of the common diseases such as Mareks and Mycoplasmas.

    I would isolate her if possible to reduce the likelihood of spreading a disease to the others if they havent already been exposed.


    Chel
     
  5. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clean, clean, clean where she was and the spaces she shared with the others the past few weeks! Marek's is spread by dander and feather follicles. DuPont makes a cleaner that kills Marek's, but I think a good scrub would take care of it for now unless you're pretty sure it's Marek's. Also, don't give up on her yet - she may, with care, come back from Marek's - depends on the strain.
     
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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