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How do I cull the chicken w/Swollen eyeball (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by classless chickens, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. classless chickens

    classless chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have given up. Now I am needing to know how to cull this 5 month old chicken??? Please give me Ideas.


    Hi All. I have been dealing with this for about a month and I am at a loss. So if you can help me please do. [​IMG]

    1) What type of bird , age and weight.
    Buff Orpington, 5 months, Normal weight.....?
    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Normal, except scared of the other birds because they are picking on her.
    3) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    No Other injuries.
    4) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    Nothing happened that I know of.
    5) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Yes. eating and drinking normal
    6) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Normal poop, normal frequency.
    7) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    2 weeks of Durymycin - no difference, Baytril 10 days, termycin(sp) 6 days No difference
    8 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    If the bird can be treated in home then I can deal. I am not sure I want to go as far as needing a vet. She doesn't seem to be in any pain
    and is acting normal, eating drinking and foraging.
    9) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    10) Describe the housing/bedding in use.
    Have her quarentined (sp) pine shaving from TSC.
    Here are some pictures to help.

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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
  3. classless chickens

    classless chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Sillystunt. I did see your thread before I posted.....Your chicken looked like the whole side of the face near the eye was swollen.
    Mine just has a swollen eyeball. The eye is protruding from the socket. Not much facial swelling. Am I not seeing it on yours?
     
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    Quote:Thanks Sillystunt. I did see your thread before I posted.....Your chicken looked like the whole side of the face near the eye was swollen.
    Mine just has a swollen eyeball. The eye is protruding from the socket. Not much facial swelling. Am I not seeing it on yours?

    Mine is just the eyelid and under it is infection covering the eye. it is scabbed over and full of infection causing the swelling. I wonder if she got stuck by something? Do you have her on antibiotic's? the Tylan comes in a powder you dissolve in water.
     
  5. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    That eyeball is out of the socket (proptosed). I don't know why it is out (trauma, abscess or swelling behind it, or glaucoma <not very common in birds>), but if it has been out for more than a few hours, it is not likely functional. The point of trying to save the eye is to have it work. It does not look functional to me, but it needs to be seen/evaluated by a vet in person to be sure. Is the other side/eye ok? The antibiotics you have tried, if given at appropriate doses suggest that the problem is not infectious or an abscess. If this was my bird, I would likely cull- as my flock is free range & and a one eyed bird is going to get picked on by her fellows and be at risk for hawks, and I sell eggs- so do not have the luxury of using trial therapy antibiotics- especially prohibited in food animals ( including poultry ) drugs like baytril. If this is a pet bird, have her evaluated by a vet to see if there is any vision, and whether there is hope of lancing a retrobulbar abscess. If your bird has glaucoma, that can also be diagnosed- but treatment is a long shot in this species, and the point again is to get a functional eye back. Sorry to be so doom & gloom, but it looks bad, and hope of you curing this is very low. Best case is the eye dies, and shrivels, leaving the rest of the bird OK, but she will still be picked on and be at risk for predation.
     
  6. classless chickens

    classless chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Actually the swelling is over top of the eyeball. It is like filled with fluid and I can see the pupil behind all the fluid. The goop you see on the eye in the pic is gunk that the lid and tears arent getting rid of, I clear that off every so often. The other eyeball seems fine and she can see out of it. I believe she can see images out of the swollen eyeball because she moves away when I move toward that side of her face to put the ointment in her eye.
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Looks like she pushed her eye out of socket. I would have a vet see it or at least keep her seperated and the eye covered with neosporin and such and see if it will slide back in etc. perhaps with warm compresses and gentle pressure?
     
  8. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

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    I've got a buff orpington rooster just like that. Was like that since birth. He was hatched in an incubator and I think it's a birth defect. He was the only one that pipped in the middle of the egg so I'm thinking there was something wrong from the get go. He's 3 months old now and no worse for wear but he is definitely blind in that eye but isn't having any problems.
     
  9. classless chickens

    classless chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I appreciate all the replies. I have to say that the eyeball isn't out of the socket. It is filled with fluid. I have noticed since I stopped giving the Baytril that now the other eye is looking swollen.
    Anyway. Please tell me something different......not eyeball out of socket. [​IMG]
    100% positive this is not the condition. Fluid in the eyeball above the pupil.
     
  10. Barred Rocker

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    My only question is, is this something that developed? or has it always been that way? I'm just curious because mine has been that way since it hatched. I had hoped it was something that would correct itself over time but after 3 months nothing has changed. As the chick grew so did the swollen eye. It doesn't appear to be in pain although I think it itches sometimes.
     

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