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Feathers in chick's eyes...what to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HudokFarm, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. HudokFarm

    HudokFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our little chickies has feathers caked onto one of his eyes. His eye is fine; it is there, healthy and open. The problem is that the little down-feathers on his face and neck have stuck to and dried to his eye. Should I do anything to remove them? Or just see if they fall out on their own? They are pretty stiff and I worry that they may damage his eye if they remain stuck there. Here are a few pics as it is kind of hard to explain (they are from my phone so sorry about the blurriness):

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  2. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could you wet it with saline solution several times and gently remove it with q tips
     
  3. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do think you need to do something..... that must feel horrible!
     
  4. HudokFarm

    HudokFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know! It does look painful. I never thought of using saline. Should it be sterile, do you think? Or can I just use my contact lens solution?
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Saline or water, sterility doesn't matter. I would try warm water on a washcloth etc, hold over eye until moistened, gently wipe. You could try an eye ointment if available, nothing medicated other than like antibiotic ointment, that would stay and help lubricate the eye.

    Just make sure baby stays warm and if it gets wet in the process, dry it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012
  6. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did it work? Were you able to fix up his/her eye?
     
  7. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We had this happen to a puppy one time (yes i know thats only a teeny bit different lol) anyway we just got a warm wet washclothe and held it there then starting at the base of his eye gently pulled his fur (in your case fathers) away from his eye. if you have to apply much pressure then use the washclothe some more. if it is red or has puss in it afterwards i suggest using some anitbiotic eye ointment or drops
     

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