Eyeinfection + wheezing + possible worm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MissFrog, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. MissFrog

    MissFrog Out Of The Brooder

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    It started with one hen whose eye was closed and had some pus on it. We thought she got pecked in the eye. We separated her from the others, cleaned the eye with eye drops + neosporine and in two days, she was perfect, no sign of anything.
    Another hen had the same thing maybe 2 days later, one eye closed, side of the face a little swollen. We did the same, separate her, clean the eye and in two days she was fine.
    This happened again with a third... and it went away.

    Now our dear Ruby has both eyes closed, and is having a hard time breathing. She is also separated from the others, we cleaned the eyes, we are on the second day but her breathing is terrible. She makes a gurgly sound. As we were cleaning her eyes she was upset and was gasping for air.

    Now, there's another strange thing: when my husband took the watered inside to change the water and add some VetRx (sp?) to it, it found a pale, 4" long thing that looks like a worm. Kind of flat, with that consistency... could it be coming from the chicken? The hospital cage is located in the garage so it is not something that fell off the sky...

    The one thing that we know is that the coop is very dusty. The girls have been dust bathing under the coop and they come inside and shake all that dust inside. The whole coop is covered in fine grey dust. The weather has not been very nice and we are both working, but we can clean it in a couple of days. Could it be the source of the problem or are we dealing with an infection? I have been reading all the posts for hours and can't figure it out. I am considering the sulfa medicine, or antibiotic to put in the water, or wormer... not sure what to do.

    - eyes closed and stuck with pus or similar discharge
    - face swollen around the eye
    - wheezing/gasping in one hen
    - no obvious nasal discharge, no coughing

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You are probably dealing with a respiratory disease such as MG OR Coryza. They both can make carriers of a flock for life. Antibiotics such as Tylan 50 injectable, oxytetracycline or gallimycin in the water may help treat symptoms, but the diseases are chronic and can come back. Testing for whatever they have would be recommended.
     
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  3. MissFrog

    MissFrog Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Eggcessive. I have read about it in the other threads, but it seems there's not one clear answer to the problem...

    Well, this morning she can open her eyes and she seems to be breathing somewhat better, but she does not look well. We found another pale thing on the waterer, it honestly looks like a goober (sorry) with some blood mixed in. Could it be something she coughed up? There's another blood splatter on the floor under the cage. Is it a symptom of something in particular?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    If you see another "goober" you might want to post a picture. It could be a mucus plug or from the other end. Sometimes it's hard to tell, LOL. Blood-tinged mucus from the beak or blood splattered in the coop can be a symptom of ILT, one of the respiratory viruses. You can read about ILT and the other respiratory diseases here in this link: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     

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