HELP!! Can someone please tell me what's wrong with my chicken???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anica789, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. anica789

    anica789 New Egg

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    She has a really nasty pus-type swelling at the front of her eye. It is protruding out sideways quite some way. Can't seem to find any info matching the description.

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  2. OHChick

    OHChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it possible another one pecked her in the eye and now its infected? i'd put some terramycin eye ointment in there and see how it does after a day or so. and i'd separate her if you haven't done that already.
     
  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend who had a sick flock that had similar eye issues and sulmet in the water helped. I just dont know if it helped the ones that were bad......just the ones in the early stages. I suggest keeping several basic meds on hand to try when they get sick. There are alot of symtoms that can be several illnesses. So i keep sulmet, terrimycin and tylan 50 on hand as well at vet rx. I hope you are able to get it under control.
     
  4. anica789

    anica789 New Egg

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    Thanks, sorry I should have explained; she's a solo chicken so can't have been pecked. I will look around for the medications suggested, I'm in Australia and we may or may not have the same brand names. I guess I will have to take the poor girl to the vet;- I just don't know if local vets really know that much about chickens- they don't deal with them every day like you people do.
    Thanks so much for your help.

    Oh there's been no change in her behaviour, and she's eating and drinking normally. She can't be comfortable though, poor thing.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. anica789

    anica789 New Egg

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    Also, Her other eye seems normal.
     
  6. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think she could possibly have eye worms?
     
  7. anica789

    anica789 New Egg

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    I thought that to begin with, but the info I read described that as making the eye cloudy and watery. But that's why I'm here- I don't want to guess.
    Is this what eye worm looks like? If so, how do I treat it?
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    look and see if the nares are plugged up...there may be a cheesy type of pus in the sweeling that will need manual removal...some here have described helpgin that along by gently massaging then wiping it out when it exists the eye. You will need to flush it at any rate with sterile saline (you can make this yourself by boiling 1/4 tsp salt with a quart of water for five minutes). Then apply an antibiotic type of EYE ointment. If it were me I would ask a vet.
     
  9. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm reading the chicken hand health book, and it says that a small white worm will get into the coner of a chickens eye and possibly swell up, get inflammed, or become watery. Is she trying to scrach her eye or anything like that? It says that the chicken will try and scrach her eye. Treatment is 1 to 2 drops of 5% cresol and immediatly flush out the eye with water or 3 drops of ivermectin twice a day until it clears up.
     
  10. joanna

    joanna Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:well, here in Oklahoma, even the vets think chickens are only good for food. We have a friend who's a vet and he has flat out told me not to call with chicken problems because he skipped the week of classes on poultry to go watch the college baseball team. I kinda wish we had an avian vet here, but alas, we don't. that's why this forum is so AWESOME!
     

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