Eye swollen shut. Pressed and clear liquid squirted out other side of head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by goats2chickens, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. A six-week-old chick I bought 8/26/15 had it's eye shut so I picked it up and pressed on the puffy spot. Clear liquid squirted out of the other side and onto my hand. I put antibiotic water in their pen but then in my main pen I saw another chicken who with one of it's eyes shut! What am I dealing with?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'm not an expert but it seems it may be a respiratory disease. In your situation I would isolate those with symptoms, give antibiotics and vitamin supplements / electrolytes in their water and see how they go - that is assuming that they are otherwise acting / eating normally. Oh, and clean their eyes with a mild saline solution or warm water at least once a day. To try to cover additional bases, you could add antibiotic eye drops, such as Neosporin.

    This is what i did when i experienced a similar thing in my flock but I'm pretty sure that it is a chronic viral condition, so maybe the antibiotics helped fight off any secondary infections and the vitamins helped boost their immune system but either way, they were all perfectly fine after two weeks and ate and behaved normally throughout.

    Good luck and i am sure that more experienced BYC members may be able to offer more comprehensive feedback.

    CT
     
  3. Thank you so much for your help. I did put antibiotics in but no electrolytes. It seems there is something in my main pen that others get when introduced to the main pen. I think when I get some time off work I am going to have to put all birds in isolation pen and disinfect my main pen some how. I have to wait until no one is setting as I have a hen in every pen sitting on fall eggs. Thanks again!
     
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    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Glad i could help!
     

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