Eyelid not formed on 2 day old chick? *pics!*

cdacxx

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So guys this is Oscar...

yesterday morning while checking on the chicks in the incy I found this guy had something up with his eye. When he sleeps he doesn’t close it. He can still blink with it but the eye just cannot close completely and it seems he is missing some of his lower eyelid. We got antibiotic eye drops from the vet and that’s all so far. Some people think he’s blind, some people think it’s cataracts, but no one can explain the eyelid not being there other than a rough hatch. Vet couldn’t tell me anything (they’re useless for chickens) I just want to know if anyone has had this before. I’ve spent time soaking it in warm water to see if it’s a piece of membrane that would come off but had to luck, it seems pretty firm on there.

Thanks in advance guys!
 
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I am not an expert on eyes, but I would guess that the chick will not see out of the right eye, due to the birth defect in the lid and the milky look of the eye. There could have been some infection or the lid might have been stuck to the shell. Does it seem to see out of the other eye? Hopefully, it will see enough to find food and water. Sorry about your chick.
 

cdacxx

Chirping
Feb 22, 2018
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Scotland
I am not an expert on eyes, but I would guess that the chick will not see out of the right eye, due to the birth defect in the lid and the milky look of the eye. There could have been some infection or the lid might have been stuck to the shell. Does it seem to see out of the other eye? Hopefully, it will see enough to find food and water. Sorry about your chick.

thank you for the reply, yep other eye works fine although he is quite weak compared to other chick (only 2/3 hatched ) he does take some persuasion to eat unfortunately but drinks fine. he’s 2 days old now so hopefully he pulls through!
 

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