Eye Problems this morning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Louielori, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Louielori

    Louielori Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning I noticed one of my chickens eyes was swollen shut. I washed it out and added a little neosporin ointment at the top and bottom, but I can't tell if she has an infection or is getting hen pecked by my other two chickens. Can you guys look at the pics and help me out? I am new to chickens. She is about 4.5 months old.
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  3. Louielori

    Louielori Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning it appears to be worse. Her eye that was injured yesterday is completely swollen shut. I washed it out and applied neosporin. She would not open her other eye, so I washed it out and she eventually opened it. She doesn't have any spots on her comb except that one red one seen in picture below. I wasn't sure if that was from being hen pecked though.
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  4. ten chicks

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    It looks like peck marks,keep her separate until wounds have healed. Eye will be swollen b/c of wounds,keep applying ointment. If just wounds and not any other issues such as avian pox,they will heal fast.
     
  5. Louielori

    Louielori Out Of The Brooder

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    When I came home today I confirmed it was henpecking. A section of her come was bit off. After separating and healing, what do I do to keep them from doing this to each other?
     
  6. ten chicks

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    Poor girl,she is upset and her feelings are hurt. See if it is just one being a bully to her. Any wound on a chicken will have all of them pecking at it,that is just how they are,not called raptors for nothing. If it is one chicken bullying her,separate the bully for a few days when you are putting your injured girl back,this should change the dynamics of the pecking order. You could also try pairing her with another docile hen for a few days,see if they get along,this will also help with the pecking. Having a friend on your side,makes all the difference in the chicken world.

    How many girls do you have and what are their ages,are they all the same breed or mixed?
     
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