1. dcross@66

    [email protected] New Egg

    May 23, 2009

    I am having problems with a couple of my chickens having hurt eyes. I was wondering if anyone could help me with what is going on. I have not vets that do chickens in my area unfortunately. The only thing I have is a lab that will tell me what they died of if it goes that far. I don't want that to happen.
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Wow! That looks pretty bad, unfortunately. I'm not sure what exactly would cause that. Maybe it's some kind of infection. Treat it like it is contagious and use proper biosecurity measures. Maybe somebody can chime in here and give some more information on this.
  3. loralei

    loralei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    New Caney, Texas
    Eeegads! That poor baby! I have no clue but you need a bump up! Hope someone else jumps in that can give you some answers.

    Sorry y'all are goin thru this!
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    how old is the chicken in the pic?
    do you have young ones and older ones together?

    looks like a bad infection..most likely from pecking..looks like a peck mark/gash under the eye
    please try and separate the injured ones and any younger ones away from bigger ones...they will continue to be bullied and they are vulnerable..
    can they even see to eat and drink?
    what all do you feed?
    also possible they have a bad case of conjuntivitis..but still vulnerable and need protection, and easy access to feed and water..
    try and get some vitamins for the drinking water..

    what bedding do you use?
    describe their droppings..in detail..color and consistency.

    is the yellow "muck" like a hard crust, or is it soft and mucusy?
    do they have mucus coming from the beak nostrils?

    have they been treated for mites/lice?

    get some saline solution eye wash..not expensive at any pharmacy..plain saline eye wash...not for "getting red out"..or any other additives..ask the pharmacist if you need help..

    get some terramycin eye ointment at most farm/feed/ livestock stores.

    gently squirt out the eyes using an eye dropper with the saline eye wash, and try to clean off the "muck" with a soft piece of gauze..not cotton ball...continue cleaning out all muck and debris.
    dab to dry around the eyes.
    apply ointment as directed on package..

    here is an online source for other eye ointments::

  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Looks like an eye full of pus, which needs to be removed. Gently massage from the nose back towards the eye while holding it as wide open as possible. Once the gunk comes out you need to use eye ointment or drops. Terramycin eye ointment can be found at most feed stores, or you could ask a vet to prescribe gentamycin, or you can use contact lens wetting/soaking solution.

    If an injury, that is probably enough; however if it is a result of illness such as a respiratory infection, the bird needs to be on an appropriate antibiotic.

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