Eye loss - what is the natural process?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by math ace, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a chicken with an eye issue. It is not a disease. I think it is the result of an eye injury.

    I have had her in isolation and on oral antibiotics (Erythromycin) for a week.
    I have been applying terramycin ointment 2 x a day to her eye.
    I am not seeing any change in her status.

    She eats and drinks and holds her head normally.
    Yet, the eye remains closed or when she opens it there is this cream color substance covering the eye.
    Twice, while applying the Terramycian, I have had this huge solid mass, resembling a piece of scrambled egg, pop out of her eye. The mass is about 1/2" x 1/2". I think she is losing her eye.

    I don't know if this solid mass is part of the natural process of losing the eye or if it is infection that is not responding to the current treatment plan. What do you think ? When a bird is losing their eye due to an injury, what happens?


    This is what the last solid mass looked like...
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  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    It looks like pus to me. Pus in chickens is solid, not oozy. I would continue with the Terramycin ointment but I think I might switch the oral antibiotic to Baytril or Tylan.
     
  3. robbie1970

    robbie1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen that has the same problem one eye is gone still treating the other butt she is completely blind was told it was eye worms
     
  4. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Not Eye worms... Switched to Tylan 50 and it cleared right up.

    She has lost some vision in the eye, but the she can still see something out of the eye.
    As soon as the eye healed, she went broody!
    Since she was separated from the flock and being babied anyways, I figure what the heck.
    I let her have some eggs and she hatched 2 chicks.
    They are a few weeks old and she has been a great mommy.

    OBTW, I suspect that the eye injury was originally the result of a hen pecking her in the eye because she wouldn't get out of the laying box....ie... she was broody to start off with!
     

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