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Help for my baby chick's eye...it's pecked and swollen shut (photos)!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by saybella, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. saybella

    saybella Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a 3 day old chick that started with a small scab on her top eyelid but she was still able to open her eye a little bit. She was the smallest chick so she was getting trampled and pecked at, so we separated her with 1 other small chick who was getting pecked at. After the first night when we woke up we saw that her eye was more red and swollen and noticed that her nest mate was pecking at it, so we separated her completely from everyone. Last night she slept alone but this morning was even more red and swollen like a balloon. So either she was scratching at it, or since she is pretty clumsy with only one eye and she falls down a lot, she may have gotten food, dirt, or poop in it.

    We hope she still has a functional eye under all that swelling, but for now we just want to focus on helping her. I rinsed it and put a dab of neosporin on it...but right when she went back in her brooder, she face planted into her food and it stuck to her eye. I re cleaned it and now I'm just holding her so she can't get anything else in it.

    Has anyone had experience with this? does this look like an injury or infection? What is the best way to treat it? How can we keep her from agitating it more? Is there food other than starter crumbs that we can feed her at 3 days old, that wouldn't be so abrasive if she gets it in her eye?

    Here's some close up photos of it. Her other side is completely fine.[​IMG]
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    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
  2. saybella

    saybella Out Of The Brooder

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    I watched her for a bit today, and it seems that it is irritating her so she keeps scratching at it. Is there a way to stop her from doing that? mini eye-patch, leg splints, cones like dogs and cats get? Any ideas?
     
  3. saybella

    saybella Out Of The Brooder

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    Well we tried our best to keep her alive, but I think having such a large infected wound at such a young age, she just couldn't endure it. She passed away last night. It's always hard to lose an animal that you put so much of yourself into trying to save them. [​IMG]

    R.I.P little trixie
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

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