Eye Worm or just an infection?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AHDCST, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. AHDCST

    AHDCST Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I just can't figure this poor hen's problem out for her. I thought it looked like an eye worm as there was bubbling in her eye. I have had a problem with a eye worm before. This chicken hasn't responded to the VetRx treatment that worked before. She is nearly blind in this eye. I have kept her isolated from the rest of the flock for over a month. I am afraid she won't be welcome in the flock anymore or they might peck at her eye since it looks so bad. I had a hard time getting her to show me the side of her face. She turns her head to keep the bad eye hidden.[​IMG]
    Any suggestions? Should I just put her down?It has to be painful and I'm fairly sure she has lost her place in the pecking order.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    When you dealt with eyeworm before, what did the eyeworm look like...color and length? Has she been scratching her eye alot?
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have dealt with eyeworm too.

    What I saw when I had two chickens with eyeworm was the following:

    white cataract-looking center of eye
    no eye drainage or bubbling
    no respiratory symptoms at all
    cream-colored/whitish thing at the bottom of the eye that I couldn't wipe away or clean off- I realized it was a worm.


    I am not sure you are dealing with eyeworm.

    I would take a look at this webpage to see if you can identify another disease process that might cause the eye bubbling:
    http://www.apa-abayouthpoultryclub.... SYMPTOMS FOR DIAGNOSING POULTRY DISEASES.pdf

    Can you think of any other signs of illness she might be having?

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps031
    this might help, too
     
  4. AHDCST

    AHDCST Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] The other chicken with an eye worm I could see a white worm in between her 2'nd and 3'rd eyelids. This chicken I can't see anything. It started with some bubbles but that is the only similarity. This chicken has a fever and sounds very congested when she breaths. She is not scratching her eye that I can tell.The pocket of whatever it is is hard. When I mash it she tries to get away from me so I'm guessing it is very sore. I can't get anything to come out of it. It isn't draining anything out of it. It reminds me of a blackhead. She keeps that eye turned away and walks with her head tilted so she can see. I really don't think she can see out of the bad eye.
     
  5. dawg53

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    It's one of 2 things; she was pecked hard and it swoll up. I'm leaning toward a respiratory disease due to the congestion and bubbles. If there's a foul odor about her head area, it's coryza. Otherwise it could be mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG.) Here's a link: you can scroll down and read about both disease.
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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  6. AHDCST

    AHDCST Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thanks, I have put Duramycin in her water. I am going to keep her isolated and see how she does in a few days.
     
  7. Dustygal

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    Take 1 cc of Valbazen to 2cc of water OR mineral oil. MIX WELL. Apply to eye. Rub around with finger. Along with 1/2cc UNdeluted ORAL dose. Treat again in 10 days.
     

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