Hen has cloudy eye! Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by inezbouley, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. inezbouley

    inezbouley Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 RIR hens and one of them isn't laying eggs anymore, but I can't tell which one. Noticed only 3 eggs three days ago and have been this way since. Today, I did a thorough exam on all of them, they have full crops, (Normal, not crop-bound), they don't feel fat or too thin, they are all bright, active, and responsive. Feathers and combs look good, eyes look bright...except for one chicken.

    "Maha" has one eye (RIGHT) that is cloudy, almost looks like a cataract, and it seems a bit more swollen than the other side, but no discharge, no crusting...just a little bit puffy.

    Anyone know what this could be? Or any ideas on how to treat?? I know it's hard to "Diagnose" over the internet! But anyone have anything like this happen before? Anything I need to watch for?

    I don't know much about birds other than they can go downhill very quickly! I'm just hoping that I am doing ok by catching something early...

    Please help!

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    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't advise on the eye problem, but not all hens lay every day. So she may very well still be laying, but they are taking turns taking the day off.
     
  3. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi inezbouley,
    I don't know what is wrong with your otherwise lovely chicken, but you might get more responses if you put the nature of the problem in the title of your post. "Hen has cloudy eye" will catch someone's, er, eye.
    Good luck.
     
  4. inezbouley

    inezbouley Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you for the advice!
     
  5. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
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    No one responded yet, huh?
    Hmmm, have you tried searching the Merck's Veterinary Manual online? That might give you a few ideas. You can also check over at The Happy Hen House and Dlhunicorns' page. I don't have the links handy since I am a bozo at computers, but a google search will do it.
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I would get some VetRx and treat her with that. I had a roo awhile back and his eye looked pretty close to that. I treated him with VetRx for a couple of days and it cleared right up.
     
  7. pyrojohn

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    Have you had any luck finding an answer? We have a girl with the same symptom and are trying to figure out what to do about it.

    Thanks!
     
  8. inezbouley

    inezbouley Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:We never figured it out either...we're thinking it may have been trauma because of the swelling on the side where it was cloudy. Don't know for sure...good luck to you!

    I'm attending the GVMA meeting in SanDestin in May and they have a few poultry seminars that may prove helpful for me and others, I'll post what I've learned on here if I can!

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  9. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    when I did my research on mareks after one of my chooks got it I read that a mishapen or grey eye is a symptom, but that does not look the way mine did or the pics. But I dont remember seeing any other diseases that had a clowdy eye [​IMG]
     
  10. inezbouley

    inezbouley Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yeah, I saw that too...

    ...in any case, she is doing very well and getting along just fine! Just tilts her head to see where she is going...poor thing is gonna get a crick in her neck!

    Still laying eggs, still happy, still eating. Not getting bullied thank goodness!
     

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