My chicken has red eye and it frequently closes its eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sus9441, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. sus9441

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    I'm panicking that my one of my chicken has a red eye and around its eye is also red. it frequently closes this red eye.
    is there any appropriate solutions that i can approach instead of going to the vet? Only one if its eye is red- its right eye is red but the left eye is normal.
    This pic is of the normal eye:
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    this is a pic of the right eye which is red.
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    please help ASAP! thanks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. Did you get the chicks from a breeder, a hatchery, or hatch them yourself? The chick has some conjunctivitis which could be from irritation (dust, ammonia odors) a peck in the eye, or it could have the start of a possible respiratory infection. The nasal passages look clean, but I would watch for nasal drainage or noisy breathing. For now, I would get some Terramycin eye ointment, Vetericyn Eye Gel, or plain Triple Antibiotic Ointment and put some into the eye twice a day. If there starts to be gunk in the eye, keep it cleaned off with saline. If the eye swells further, it could be a respiratory disease.
     
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    We got it from a friend who has a farm. They hatch chickens themselves.

    If this is a respiratory infection, will other chickens have it because I have four more other chickens of the same age and they don't have the red eye problem.
    And if it is a respiratory infection, what would happen and what can be done?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    will this be appropriate to use as saline solution?
    Lens Plus OcuPure Saline Sterile Rinsing Solution

    Thanks
     
  6. art4cheri

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    I would also try colloidal silver. It is good for humans and animals. Put some drops in the water and it should cure any bacterial infections. Good luck.
     
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    Hi there,

    I was wondering that if I don't put any ointment in its eye, will it get better? Because I think its hard to access these ointment here. Thanks.
     
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    is it for drinking?
    and how frequent?
     
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  9. Eggcessive

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    The saline Lens Plus sounds just like pure saline, so probably would be fine for treatment. It depends on what is causing the eye problem, whether just an injury, irritant, or infection. Antibiotic ointment would be good, but I understand not being able to get certain items in certain areas. If it were are respiratory infection, it may be contagious to the others, and they may have brought it with them. Here is a good link to read on respiratory diseases: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  10. art4cheri

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    You can put it directly in the eye. I would try twice a day. I would also put it in the water to make sure the other chickens do not get it. I take an eyedropper full everyday myself. I have also used it to cure a respiratory infection in a cat. It's great stuff. I bought the equipment to make my own. Costs about 40-50 dollars but makes a lot and you use just a little. I have friends who bring me their empty bottle and I refill for free. Look it up on the internet. Good luck.
     

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