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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Queen Scoot, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

    May 27, 2008
    looking "stuff" over both her eyes. not sure what it is or even how she got it. havent brought any new chickens home since summer. she is in a cage by herself wont eat just drinks and lays around. any ideas? ETA she is almost 7 months old and is a bantam cochin
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009

  2. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

    May 27, 2008
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Wish I could help you. sorry. I have no idea.
    Bumping this up so someone else will hopefully answer!
    Good luck and I hope your chicken gets well soon! [​IMG]
  4. Nif

    Nif Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    My silkie hen had the same symptoms...foamy eyes, lethargic, eating a little and drinking a LOT. I brought her inside to give her proper attention and even though she seemed to perk up at first, she ended up not making it. She didn't really sound congested but I think she had some kind of upper respiratory infection. When she went down hill she seemed to be having a hard time breathing.
    I posted tons of questions hoping someone would help me figure out what she had, but I really didn't get any help.
    My subject line was "sick silkie took a turn for the worse" if you want to read the thread to see what kind of responses I got.
    My only suggestion is to try and get her to eat by making a mash with warm water with your chicken feed, and maybe try and give her some high nutrient foods, like apple, berries, or some kind of greens (I give mine lettuce pieces or fresh spinach)
    Maybe someone will have some kind of advice about administering some kind of antibiotics.
    I also rinsed my hens eyes with saline solution, and it seemed to make her feel better and perk her up a bit. I am not sure why I couldn't save her other than the fact that I think she was depressed over losing her rooster boyfriend a few weeks prior to her getting sick.
    Good luck and hope this helps a little!
  5. country

    country Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    Lincoln, CA
    Without a diagnosis, suggesting treatment is a shot in the dark. You might try doing a byc search first & see if someone else had a similar problem that byc'rs were able to diagnose or even narrow down to a few possibilities. Try "foamy eyes" or "bubbly eyes" in your search. If that doesn't work, then since she is still drinking, you might try adding an antibiotic to her water. I think Gallimycin is best but pretty pricey so you might try Tylan, Terramycin, or Aureomycin. These are all water soluble and are helpful for a number of ailments so just keep your fingers crossed that whatever she has will respond to antibiotics. Gallimycin is 1-2 tsp per gal of water, & Aureomycin is 1 tsp per gal. However, if you can give shots, injectibles are the best way to go, IMHO.

    Meantime, you need to get some nourishment down her. I've always had good luck with fruit-flavored yogurt. I put some on a plastic spoon & dip their beak in it. It might take a while, but once they get a good taste, they usually go crazy for it. Meal worms (from the pet store) are another treat they usually can't resist.

    Another thing, bring her in somewhere & keep her warm. If you suspect anything respiratory, use VetRx or Vicks VapoRub along with the antibiotics. Put a spot by her nostrils, under each wing, & on the top of her head.

    I'm so sorry your girl is sick & I wish I could help you more. I'll be thinking positive thoughts for both of you. Good luck.


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