Eye Worms?!

fatimastic

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My laying 5 month old Australorp has a white substance forming around her eye in the left corner. She seems to keep that eye closed most of the time.
I suspected her for worms as her vent was most of the time, if not always, dirty.
She has started laying less too.
It has only been a week since I noticed this white thing appearing.
Her eye seems a little swelled.
She has been eating fine, but a tad bit less than usual.
I gave all of my flock their first dose of Albendazole.
I first suspected either Catarcts or worms but I feel as if its a case of eye worms since in a few pictures you can see a tiny circle.
 

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Pictures are not that clear, and I've never dealt with eye worm, kind of looks more like infection/inflammation to me. You can use the albendazole to treat eye worm, this link has some info, see post #4:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...ckens-eye-for-eye-worm.1262985/#post-20276613
I would be inclined to use an antibiotic eye ointment in that eye a couple of times a day, see if it helps. In the US I would use either terramycin eye ointment or plain neosporin, I don't know what you have access to there.
 

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Pictures are not that clear, and I've never dealt with eye worm, kind of looks more like infection/inflammation to me. You can use the albendazole to treat eye worm, this link has some info, see post #4:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...ckens-eye-for-eye-worm.1262985/#post-20276613
I would be inclined to use an antibiotic eye ointment in that eye a couple of times a day, see if it helps. In the US I would use either terramycin eye ointment or plain neosporin, I don't know what you have access to there.
The post gives the information on how to use Valbazen to treat the eye worms.
We don't have access to Valbazen and to those eye ointments you have mentioned but will any antibiotic eye ointment do the job?
Are this pictures better?
It is hard for me to take pictures as her eye is mostly closed.
 

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Valbazen is a brand name of albendazole, which you said you were using. So your albendazole should be fine. Valbazen is 11.36% solution of albendazole, or 113.5 mg/ml. Valbazen oral dose is 20 mg/kg, or about .2 ml per 2.2 lb of bird weight orally (many just round to .5 ml for a standard sized bird), so if your solution is a different % then you can figure the dose based on that. Your albendazole should also be ok to use to flush the eye, diluted, if that is what you determine it is (eye worm). For eye worm you have to treat orally also, twice, 10 days apart. If you think it's something else then whatever antibiotic eye ointment you have available is what I would use.
As I said, I've never had to treat eye worm, but most of the images I've seen you can visibly see the tiny worms. In one of your images above it looks more like swollen/inflamed tissue and maybe the beginnings of pus in the rear corner. I would be inclined to use the antibiotic ointment and see if it improves.
 

fatimastic

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Valbazen is a brand name of albendazole, which you said you were using. So your albendazole should be fine. Valbazen is 11.36% solution of albendazole, or 113.5 mg/ml. Valbazen oral dose is 20 mg/kg, or about .2 ml per 2.2 lb of bird weight orally (many just round to .5 ml for a standard sized bird), so if your solution is a different % then you can figure the dose based on that. Your albendazole should also be ok to use to flush the eye, diluted, if that is what you determine it is (eye worm). For eye worm you have to treat orally also, twice, 10 days apart. If you think it's something else then whatever antibiotic eye ointment you have available is what I would use.
As I said, I've never had to treat eye worm, but most of the images I've seen you can visibly see the tiny worms. In one of your images above it looks more like swollen/inflamed tissue and maybe the beginnings of pus in the rear corner. I would be inclined to use the antibiotic ointment and see if it improves.
She hasn't given an egg for 3 days.
I am really worried about her.
Her stomach is making those gas sounds which normally comes from humans.
I applied an antibiotic eye ointment. Just in case.
Albendazole comes in air tight container, for how many days should I use the same medicine as not all of the medicine is going to be used up in one day?
Can you please tag someone who has an experience with eye worms?
 
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Mix a 50/50 solution of albendazole and water and flush the eyes with it. Then give 1ml of the liquid mixture orally to your chicken. Repeat dosing the chicken 1ml orally in 10 days. Good luck.
 

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Mix a 50/50 solution of albendazole and water and flush the eyes with it. Then give 1ml of the liquid mixture orally to your chicken. Repeat dosing the chicken 1ml orally in 10 days. Good luck.
I gave her .5 ml three days ago and flushed her eye with the ratio you mentioned.
How many times a day should I flush her eye and do I have to give her 1ml orally daily?
 

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