Hen eyelid staying closed... from possible poking or related injury

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Laughlin Acres, May 11, 2009.

  1. Laughlin Acres

    Laughlin Acres New Egg

    May 11, 2009
    This morning, my son was playing with one of our Rhode Island Red hens and got too "playful" ... my husband found the chicken and thought it was for sure going to die. But, he put her in a nesting box just in case she might rally...which she did. She was pretty mellow after reviving but is seeming to act normal... just very subdued. However, one of her eyes is permanently closed.

    I am afraid my son poked her in the eye...but I don't know for sure. It doesn't look bloody or swollen or anything, just the eyelid is staying down. Is there a chicken vet? I am so new to raising chickens. I don't even know where to turn. I am afraid to even touch her eye because I don't want to disturb her more. I am wondering if this is a normal kind of healing mechanism or if I should look for an ointment or antibiotic ...

    She was born around the first part of March. Any ideas???
  2. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    [​IMG] Sorry for your chickie, and for your son too. I don't have any related experience, being pretty new myself, but I know that these birds are pretty resilient given peace and security, so if you have her isolated and in a quiet spot you've made a good start. I'd leave her alone for the time being, since there's no visible injury and no swelling - just make sure she's eating and drinking and keep her quiet.
    and sorry for the reason for your post, but [​IMG]

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