Hen with swelling around eye and clear discharge

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Arret, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Arret

    Arret Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Pacific Rain Forest
    I noticed last night that my wyandotte pullet has swelling around one eye and clear bubbly discharge. She is not sneezing and her nostril is clear. She has a crossbeak, but eats fine with a full crop, and is active and laying eggs. She is a pet, friendly and always following me around the yard. It may be a disease as she was exposed to strange chickens recently, or it may be an injury. She may have been pecked in the eye, as the top hen, Boss Girl, has been pecking at her.

    I washed her face with warm, salty water. There was a lot of clear liquid in there, and it is sore, she flinches at any pressure. It seems like she is also having trouble seeing out of that eye. What could be wrong and what can I do to help her, first aid wise?


  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    I'm really not sure, but may just some antibiotics. It looks kind of like it might be an allergy, sever cold, or maybe from an injury. Sorry I'm not much help, but I have never seen that in mine.
  3. Crazy Chicken Fever

    Crazy Chicken Fever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2009
    I believe its the start of a respatory problem if she continues to get worse I would give her tylan and see if it clears up. Injection costs must less then the power. You will have to look up dose, I'm not sure off the top of my hear

    Keep her away from the other birds.

    Good luck :eek:)
  4. PattyO

    PattyO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2010
    Look up Coryza in poultry and see it it sounds like that
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If it's coryza, there's usually a foul odor about the head area. No foul odor could indicate mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG.) Here's a link, scroll down to Infectious Coryza and Mycoplasma Gallisepticum and read about symptoms and treatments:
  6. Arret

    Arret Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    Pacific Rain Forest
    My wyandotte seems to be doing better! She still has a bit of swelling around the eye, but she's back to laying, for the first time since Thursday. She usually lays two days out of three, but stopped when her eye swelled up.

    Her eye is still a bit swollen, probably from being pecked, but there's no discharge. I was holding her to wash her eye with saline and my top chicken came over and pecked her on the face, so she is my prime suspect. I have pecking order bullies, especially at evening, when they roost. I put in an extra roost and that seemed to calm things down considerably last night. Any suggestions on calming things further? Now they all want the same nesting box. I don't mind if they have a pecking order, but I wish they wouldn't go for her face!

    Thanks for the replies,

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