Guinea hen eye healed shut

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by moonium, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. moonium

    moonium Just Hatched

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    Hello, I am a first time guinea fowl owner and so far I've been really lucky overall. Unfortunately when I first got my chicks there was an accident with the heat lamp. One of my chicks was napping and the lamp hit her on the eye. Needless to say I've been devastated and worried that she would get picked on, but so far that hasn't been an issue.
    I have diligently monitored her eye and gently cleaned it with warm saline, we were making amazing progress. Then one day I got her for her daily cleaning and I noticed the lids were sealing together. I was scared to hurt her by pulling them apart, but now her eye appears to be healed completely shut. I can see her eye moving behind the sealed lid, but now I'm at a loss for what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like for my guinea fowl to be free range, but that seems like a death sentence for this one.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. More than likely the eye is sealed with eye drainage. I would use a warm wet wash cloth, wrung out mostly, and hold it to her eye to soak it for about 10 minutes while holding her. Warm it again as necessary. Then try to gently part open the lids with your thumb and forefinger. Examine the eye for pus or damage to the eye. Apply some Terramycin eye ointment or plain Polysporin or Neosporin to the inside of the eye twice daily--just 1/8 inch will do. I hope that helps.
     

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