HELP!!! Eye Swollen, Bumps on comb *PICS*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by babyspice35, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. babyspice35

    babyspice35 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Maui Wowee
    I started noticing bumps on the smallest chickens comb and wattle 2 weeks ago. The wattle was bleeding so I figured she got pecked by the alpha. I have 3 hens. I started noticing it on the other hen (who's second under the alpha) a couple of days ago. The alpha hen has none. Now today I let the girls out and thought I noticed that one had no eye(the one second under the alpha)!!! It scared me! But at closer look, I saw it was just swollen. There are threads saying it could be an infection, but could this be from pecking?! And is there anything I can do to help? It looks painful but she's getting along just fine! Thanks!
  2. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    North of Dallas, TX
    Just wnet thru this with one of my RIR. She's the only one out of 27. It was closed shut. I could not even begin to get it open. Warm packs and neosporin for about 10 days and now she's fine. She does have a few spots on her comp but I just put a little neo on them as well and went away.
  3. babyspice35

    babyspice35 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Maui Wowee
    Thanks! Will try that [​IMG]
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I can't see the bumps too well, but could it be wet pox? Dry pox starts as bumps that kind of look like warts, then scab up and can bleed. They can progress into wet pox. I don't have experience with wet pox, but you may want to do a search to see if it sounds familiar to you. [​IMG] good luck!
  5. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    tyalan 200 as a eye drop for the eye. one to two days and it will be back to normal again.
  6. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    Micanopy, Florida
    Sounds a lot like how fowl pox started in my flock. Here's my story, and what I did to care for them.

    Some had the dry form, some wet. Several started just like yours - in fact a couple started with only a teary eye. I didn't know for sure what it was - posted here, contacted our poultry extension veterinarian, supplied photos. Here's the link to my post:

    poulty vet's Dx: fowl pox. (Darn me - I had procrastinated and not vaccinated the flock.) His recommendation on the flock was to vaccinate ASAP all the birds that were not showing signs, which I did. He also suggested putting all the flock on oxytetracycline in the drinking water as an added measure to prevent secondary bacterial infections or just in case they had something else, which I didn't do. Only a few got really sick; all that showed signs of feeling poorly (separating themselves from the others, acting pokey, teary or crusted eyes) came into my den to relieve them of the stress of being in the flock for the most part - to let them rest, eat, and drink without competition until they were feeling better.

    For the ones that had teary or crusty eyes, I cleaned the eyes with cotton balls/warm water, patted dry, and medicated with ophthalmic ointment - antibiotic, no steroid. Fed them whatever they would eat, until they started eating chicken scratch and then pellets.

    A couple got really sick. After no eating for a couple of days, and no evidence that they were drinking, I started giving them water by syringe to be sure they at least got some fluids. In this process, I discovered that one hen had the most incredibly swollen tongue and a mouth full of thick mucus! It was so bad the tongue didn't even look remotely like a chicken tongue - it looked like a fat maggot in her mouth. She got swollen under the wattles, too. One side of her face was covered with pox and eye completely crusted closed between the twice daily cleaning and eye ointment.

    For this chicken, I started her on penicillin injections once a day. At least twice a day, I wrapped her in a towel, and squirted streams of water through her mouth sideways to rinse the thick mucus out and try to get some liquids in her. At some point she started swallowing some of the water - seeming to want it. In a day or so, after the rinsing I started giving her Gatorade, apple juice, or buttermilk by syringe to get some calories in her. I always finished by rinsing her mouth again with water. A day or so after she started taking some juice or buttermilk by syringe she started to perk up, showed interest in scratch, and progressively improved.

    She's now back with the flock - and I swear I don't know which of the 3 speckled sussex it was! That tongue was so bad that I could not imagine that she would have a tongue left if she managed to survive the ordeal. I am continually amazed at the toughness and healing power of chickens - although I doubt she would have made it without at least the supportive care if not the penicillin.

    Long response, but just in case yours turns out like some of mine - wanted you to know what I did and that I had a good outcome Also, I think I had no trouble re-integrating the isolated hens back with the flock, because I always kept 2 together and returned them together, and I returned them by releasing them outside while the others were free-ranging, so they had lots of space between them until they roosted at dusk.
  7. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    You can give Tylan drops in the eye, but you will want to dilute the Tylan 4 to 1 before putting it in the eyes. I think it's only one drop also. I think Threehorses had a very good thread about the use of Tylan in the eyes.

    You can also put antibiotic ointment in the eyes. You can get terramycin from Tractor Supply.

    I would also give the Vitamin/Electrolytes in the water. Lots of protein to keep up her health. I give Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Eggs and Yogart. Mine love it all mixed together.

    Hope she gets to feeling to better.
  8. babyspice35

    babyspice35 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Maui Wowee
    Thanks for all the help. I put neosporin in the eye and it seems to have helped. Also feeding fresh fruit and putting ACV in the water. [​IMG] I hope they keep getting better!!! I'm also wondering if it is in fact dry pox, is it safe to eat the eggs?! AND, how long does a fit of dry pox usually last until they're better?

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