Hen with swollen eye

Ximena

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Hi guys, after not being hone for a while I noticed one of my hen’s eyes is swollen. I have not idea what has caused this. Her other eye and behavior seem normal. Any idea what this could be?
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Shadrach

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It could be a number of things.
Have you checked the outer eyelids for any signs of bruising, or cuts?
Are all three eyelids working. One transparent that moves from side to side, one translucent that closes top to bottom and the main eyelid?
Sinus infection is a possible cause. Check that the nostril is clear and look for any signs of unusual gunk.
If you have ph neutral water for an eye bath then I would rinse the eye with this. If not boiled water left to cool is the next best option.
I keep children's eye drops for such occasions. Very roughly they fall into two categories; those that have some antibiotic properties for healing and those that are primarily for cleaning.
 

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It looks like there are some bubbles in the eye as well, and that can be a sign of conjunctivitis and sinus infection from a respiratory disease such as MG or mycoplasma gallisepticum. I would clean out any drainage or crust twice a day, and apply some Terramycin eye ointment which can be found at many feed stores. Neosporin eye drops or eye ointment are also good.

MG can be treated with Tylan or tylosin, oxytetracycline, and a couple of other antibiotics. Tylan oral powder for water can be found here online:
https://www.jedds.com/shop/tylan-soluble-100-g/
You may also find Tylan injectable 50 or 200 at some feed stores, and those can be given orally. Let us know what you get for dosage instructions.

Here is an article about MG:
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/ext... Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) Infecti....pdf
 

Sundevill11

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It looks like there are some bubbles in the eye as well, and that can be a sign of conjunctivitis and sinus infection from a respiratory disease such as MG or mycoplasma gallisepticum. I would clean out any drainage or crust twice a day, and apply some Terramycin eye ointment which can be found at many feed stores. Neosporin eye drops or eye ointment are also good.

MG can be treated with Tylan or tylosin, oxytetracycline, and a couple of other antibiotics. Tylan oral powder for water can be found here online:
https://www.jedds.com/shop/tylan-soluble-100-g/
You may also find Tylan injectable 50 or 200 at some feed stores, and those can be given orally. Let us know what you get for dosage instructions.

Here is an article about MG:
https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/poultry/FS-1008 Recognizing and Preventing Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) Infecti....pdf

How long does it typically take for a hen to recover from a sinus infection?
 

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