Lilly is not right in the head? Anyone have any ideas?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by oesdog, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gosh I feel like all my girls are either dying or having health issues. Most of them were old but lilly is only about 18 months old or so.

    She is a large and otherwise healthy Maran. A few days ago I noticed she was "acting odd?" For example when I shooed them all into the coop she "crashed into the shed?" She has been a little strange in that she was not trying to eat and this morning she was "getting the water" but was more feeling for it rather than seeing it. This has onyt been in the last two or three days. Yesterday her face seemed a bit swollen and so I brought her in and looked at her eyes. Just in case she had something in them? She has weird mucus like half desolved gloucouse sheets comming from her eyes. Her face seems swollen on both sides under the eyes.

    I cleaned her eyes best I could and left her out with the other girls. Today I noticed she has some mucus over one eye and again is finding it hard to see.

    Could she have had an injury. I know the shed door blew shut about three days past and I worry incase she got hit by it but has no other injury?

    I am kind of in a bit of a panic over her because I just lost Aggy and Isobel - so I am real low on hens. I still have little Betty but she no longer lays and is always sick with a respiritory infection this time of year. The twins ( Marans Lilly-Beth and Gwendaline) They lay real well usually. Their eggs are wonderful for cooking etc. Then the only other one I have is the rescued PR Marigold. Who thinks she runs the place and since the death of Issy and Bettys incapasitation has taken on the whole troop! So She is now head girl even though she is the most recent girl here. (The twins being too stupid to care!) So I really don;t want to lose another hen especially one of the young ones.

    Any ideas what could be going on with her and has anyone else had this with a bird????

    Oes
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi,

    I'm certainly no expert on such issues, but have you considered triple antibiotic eye drops e.g. neosporin? I guess you may have a bit of a challenge getting such things without a prescription, but maybe a pharmacist could point you in the right direction for the next best thing.

    All the best
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    It sounds like she may have mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) or coryza, which are respiratory diseases that can cause swelling and infection of the eyes and sinuses. It helps to clean out the eyes, and remove drainage or pus if present. Antibiotics such as Tetracycline, Tylosin (Tylan,) Erythromycin, and Denagard are used to treat MG. Sulfa antibiotics may be more useful for coryza. Coryza usually has a very bad odor, and usually more serious symptoms. Here is a good link to read that includes those 2 diseases:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  4. oesdog

    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it is stinking - real bad. Near gaged whern I lifted her today. How on earth could she get this? They are cleaned regularly and we never had this issue before? The place is pretty wet though. This time of year it is hard on the girls.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    oesdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lilly has been on antibiotics and has had her eyes whiped out everyday but still the infection is there and is getting worse to the point that she can;t open one eye now.
    I am thinking kinder to cull??? What do you guys think????

    Oes
     

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