my 9 week old chick wont open one eye?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by feathered flock, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. feathered flock

    feathered flock Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I have read about this problem on other threads and it seemed to turn out fine. The thing is I haven't noticed this before. My chicks are new to the pen but they have already been accepted by my 4 month old pullet. They have been roosting together for the past few nights and she has been hearding the chicks around. Well last night I got home late and the perch in the pen that was about 5 feet up had fallen. That's where they have been roosting!!! I ran to the pen expecting the worst but found my pullet and one baby perched above the door and the other baby was on the ground below. I thought she hurt her wing and couldn't get up there but when we checked her she was fine. Becuase it was dark out last night I could not tell what baby was on the ground (they are both pretty dark) Well now today one of my babies is not opening her eye. When she does its for a second and just closes it again. I did look at it and outside it seems fine, however in the second she opens it I think I see red in her eyeball. She is eating just fine. She does seem to be just standing around not very active but it could be the not being able to see to well. I am worried about her and not sure what to do!!
     
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  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may just be an injury if she was on the roost when it fell. Normally with the one eye thing we would say coccidiosis and suggest corid, I would wait and see on that though. Have they ever roosted on the door before? If not that may suggest that they were on the roost when it happened and it scared them. Watch the area, look for any leaking, and make sure she is still eating and drinking.
     
  3. feathered flock

    feathered flock Out Of The Brooder

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    well good news!! Both her eyes are open and she is back to normal!!! No they haven't slept on the door before, I think your right, they were on the perch when it fell and got scared. They are sleeping on the door again tonight, guess they found a new spot.
     
  4. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad to hear that she is doing better. You know, there are some really big flaws in the coop design if the door falls too. Chickens are really smart and that looks like a safe spot to them.
     
  5. feathered flock

    feathered flock Out Of The Brooder

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    They are roosting on the support beam above the door. The door is not going to fall. the perch however was a tree branch we put up with screws. It was attached to the top of the coop without support underneath. Lesson learned. We are correcting this and will NOT have anymore mishaps that can potentially hurts my birds!! I felt awful and panicked when I realized what happened. My chicks are my babies!! And yes, it is great they are all fine and she is back to normal
     

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