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Hen with swollen eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by perfectly_polish, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    Tonight I found one of my dominique hens with a swollen eye, just one. There is no injury, her eye is just swollen. Her other eye seems to be fine. Could she have possibly been stung by a bee? Should I put anything on it? Thanks again!

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  2. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    i would say mostlikely bee sting.. do i have any anti inflamitory stuff?
     
  3. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    looks like IB(Infectious Bronchidous) to me, no way it is a bee sting. first signs of IB r usually one eye swelled or swollen shut, depressed looking and BUBBLES in the eye and then symtoms get worse from there. trust me been there done that u don't want to mess around if it is, i've had chickens die from it and it spreads fast and hard, looks just like my birds did when i had an outbreak last year.

    use a warm wash cloth or q-tip and clean her eye good. she has yellow crusties on her tear duct wich she needs out of there and kept clean. if it is not she could get a secondary infection which could cause more probs and spread differently. clean it several times a day and if it swells worse make sure u squeeze puss, white cheesy puss or gooy stuff out.

    immediately issolate her from any other birds and get her started on antibiotics. if i'm right and i'm most definately sure i am it is highly contageous and use extreame biosecurity to protect the rest of ur flock. definately watch for her to get worse or show any other symptoms and watch ur others for signs of it also. i use tylan 50 for my birds she would need an injection of it 1 full cc/ml for 5-7 days and 1 time per day. if u use powder soluable treat whole flock with the antibiotic for 10 days.

    i think u caught it really quick, hopefully others won't catch it from her, wash all waterers, feeders and coops she has had contact with. if u need anything let me know. antibiotics will not kill IB but it will get rid of secondary infections and treat symtoms while they build antibodies to it. since we got in a flock who had it and went through nycropsies and all that. we culled the carriers and now vaccinate every year. if the first set of antibiotics doesn't work keep me posted and i'll give u further info.
    good luck and i hope she is better soon,
    silkie
     
  4. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    Quote:If it is IB this is the first I saw of it. Her eye was fine yesterday and this morning, I just noticed it tonight when I locked them up. What are the other symptoms I should look for? Not sure if it matters but she is also moulting. I have her inside now in a separate cage. Is IB spreadable to humans or other animals? Where can I get the antibiotics? How long will it take to fully clear up, and to the point where I can re-introduce her to the flock? Thanks so much!
     
  5. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    this is the info i have on it-

    Infectious Bronchitis
    Synonyms: IB, bronchitis, cold
    Species affected: Infectious bronchitis is a disease of chickens only. A similar disease occurs in bobwhite quail (quail bronchitis), but it is caused by a different virus.

    Clinical signs: The severity of infectious bronchitis infection is influenced by the age and immune status of the flock, by environmental conditions, and by the presence of other diseases. Feed and water consumption declines. Affected chickens will be chirping, with a watery discharge from the eyes and nostrils, and labored breathing with some gasping in young chickens. Breathing noises are more noticeable at night while the birds rest. Egg production drops dramatically. Production will recover in 5 or 6 weeks, but at a lower rate. The infectious bronchitis virus infects many tissues of the body, including the reproductive tract (see Table 1 ). Eggshells become rough and the egg white becomes watery. (See publication PS-24, Egg Quality, for other causes of poor egg quality.)

    Transmission: Infectious bronchitis is a very contagious poultry disease. It is spread by air, feed bags, infected dead birds, infected houses, and rodents. The virus can be egg-transmitted, however, affected embryos usually will not hatch.

    Treatment: There is no specific treatment for infectious bronchitis. Antibiotics for 3-5 days may aid in combating secondary bacterial infections. Raise the room temperature 5°F for brooding-age chickens until symptoms subside. Baby chicks can be encouraged to eat by using a warm, moist mash.

    Prevention: Establish and enforce a biosecurity program. Vaccinations are available.



    antibiotics u can get at feedstores or tractor supply. powder is in a pkt about $5. tylan 50 one is usually $10 a bottle, it is in the swine/cattle section. injectable usually works within days the powder can take weeks and usually needs retreated. depends on how she reacts to the antibiotics and which one u use and if she gets worse or developes secondary infection.
     
  6. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    I will start treating her for it ASAP. Thank you so much! If it isn't IB and we start treating her for it, will the medicine hurt her in any way?
     
  7. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it won't hurt her, in fact it will clear it up no matter which respratory infection that she has.
     
  8. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's unfortunate that most resp. infections start with the same basic symptoms, bubbly eyes, swollen sinuses and nasal discharge but luckily Tylan will take care of the most common infections.
     
  9. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    I lost my first little RIR hen Annie to that nasty disease and I was too new and inexperienced to realize what was going on until it was too late to save her. If I'd known about the BYC forum then, I would have had a much better chance of saving her. Thank you to all the folks on here who give of their extensive knowledge and experience to help the rest of us! Read and learn...
     
  10. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    CT
    Quote:Okay, that's really good to know. Thanks! Neither my feedstore or agway carries it. Is there any other place I can get it?
     

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