Frozen Eyelid in Baby Chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nightbird1001, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Nightbird1001

    Nightbird1001 Chirping

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    I got my chicks 3 days ago and one of them can't open or close one of her eyelids. It is a little swollen but is not noticeable until you really look hard. When I touch it, it is impossible to move. I have been trying to wet it but it does not seem to be helping.
    I will try to get a picture soon.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Could be a birth defect. Pictures may help.
     
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  3. Nightbird1001

    Nightbird1001 Chirping

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    The eye has clear discharge but the third eyelid works fine.
     

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I would just wait and see. @Eggcessive , any ideas?
     
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  5. Eggcessive

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    I would use some Terramycin eye ointment from your feed store (ask a clerk for it) or plain neosporin ointment may work in a pinch, applied twice daily.
     
  6. Nightbird1001

    Nightbird1001 Chirping

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    Ok thank you I will try that
     
  7. I agree with the antibiotic ointment for its eye a few times a day. As long as the interior eyelid works, that should keep it moist and free from any crud buildup, and the ointment will help prevent any infection. Its eyelid may have a defect, one it may grow out of, but it's awfully hard to tell, even from a picture. If you have access to an avian vet, or a farm vet that will look at chickens, they should be able to tell whether it actually has a defect or not, and whether it will be a problem for it later on in life.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Had a chick once with both eyes glued shut with 'hatch gunk'.
    It was hard to tell because chick was black,
    but I finally figured out why it would.not.stop chirping.
    Some warm water wiping took care of it, no problems going forward.
     
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  9. Nightbird1001

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    There are really no bird vets here in Alaska. We have one clinic that accepts birds but I have found that, apart from some technical goboly gook, I actually know more than they do about how to treat the diseases and injuries. They don't even test for diseases, just take the symptoms and guess.
     

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