Eye Problem with one of my hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by almyers13, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. almyers13

    almyers13 New Egg

    Nov 2, 2016
    Hi All,

    I am new to owning and taking care of chickens. Yesterday I came out to our coop and noticed one of my hens was keeping one of her eyes shut. After getting a hold of her for an up close look, her eye is a little crusty, and she can't open it, and it looks as though she has a little bit of dried blood in it. I haven't noticed any bullying by the other 2 hens and it isn't draining any pus, so I'm not quite sure what she may have done or how I should treat it. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love some advice. I'm worried she might lose her eye if she can't even open it.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Try dripping some saline or apply a warm wet comprees to her eye for about 10 minutes while she is being held in yiur lap. Then clean any crust or drainage with a clean cloth. Apply either some Terramycin eye ointment or Vetericyn eye gel or spray from a feed store, or plain neosporin or bacitracin ointment twice a day. Look in the eye for any dirt or seed pods, or for pus and remove. Swollen eyes with drainage can be one symptom of a respiratory disease, but also could be from pecking, injury, or infection. A respiratory disease such as MG may also include sneezing, gasping, or nasla drainage.

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