Is my roo missing an EYE? [Pics]

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Alexis, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis Songster

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I came home from a weekend away and one of my roosters is either clamping his eye shut or it's missing. At first I thought it was just gone but now, I can't tell. He won't let me get close enough to him to do anything or check him over. He doesn't appear to see (obviously) from the right eye when I "sneak" up on him, but that ol' boy has good ears. ha!

    I'd appreciate some suggestions or advice - I'm not sure whether to do something or just leave him be. Wondered if he had something in it that made it hurt to open - but he doesn't appear to be trying to open it either.

    Other info:
    -Our farm-sitter said she had to split up the roos when we were gone because the two of them were fighting. His comb & wattles are quite a bit more beat up than when I left which is unusual because he usually "wins".

    - There has been NO drainage, or blood or anything yucky coming from the eye.
    - He is just as active today as he was last week - although yesterday he stayed in the coop a lot longer than usual instead of going out to forage.

    Right Eye (normal)

    Left Eye (not normal)

  2. 4F FARM

    4F FARM Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    North Idaho
    I think if he was missing the eye the lids would be sunken. It doesn't look sunken, so I would guess it might be scratched and irritated. Maybe give it a good rinse with saline and see if that will help soothe it.
  3. Alexis

    Alexis Songster

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I think you're right about it not being "sunken". It was hard to tell because he wouldn't let me look at it. I figured if I took pictures - and got REAL CLOSE on my monitor I could see more than he'd ever let me!

    I'll see if DH will wrestle him out of the chicken coop after they go to bed tonight and we'll take a peek. What's the best way to make saline? I have tons of contact lens solution that I use in MY eye... LOL

    *edited because I mysteriously posted too soon
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2008
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    You can use people eyewash from the pharmacy.
    He looks like the eye's still there.
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    it looks a little swollen
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    are you sure that's not photoshop?
  7. eggchicken master

    eggchicken master In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2008
    white salmon,washington
    this may be sighns of illness, or desiese.
  8. Crazy4GameCocks

    Crazy4GameCocks Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    i got two hens that got into a fight and loose an eye one on each one of them and it is more puched in then that he might have pocked it a it is sore put some drops in it and then u can tell
  9. Meesh

    Meesh Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Rocky Mountains
    Ask your vet if you can put the non-steroidal eye ointment for horses in it. It's good stuff for eye scratches & is available at the feed store. You just have to be careful & not get the steroidal type which cannot go into a scratched eye (there are two kinds).

  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I have to agree, it doesn't have that empty "sunk-in" look. I believe the eye is still there, perhaps just damaged or hurting. You can use the same eye solution that you would use and rinse it out.

    Wait until it's dark and then go grab him while he is roosting. That way your not stressing him(you and your hubby) out by trying to run him down.

    Once you catch him and get the drops in his eyes, try to keep him in a place with minimal dust and debree. You don't want him to get more *stuff* in the eye while you trying to get it to heal.


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