My hens eye is completely swollen shut! Whats wrong?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by papoultry08, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. papoultry08

    papoultry08 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2014

    Theres a picture of what it looks like. Her other eye is completely fine. I noticed it yesterday and i left her out there overnight. When i went back out this morning it was way worse so i took her inside into the chicken hospital. (Quarrantine) Many people have had similar experiences with the eye and said it was a weasel while some said it was a disease. Please help old Big Marge out! Thanks!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope you get some answers on the Emergencies forum.
  3. keith92

    keith92 Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2014
    a weasle would leave bite marks on the head. more like a gnat flew in the eye.
  4. nicole camp

    nicole camp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2013
    One of my hens too have this problem right now. These are the things I've been doing with her.
    -wash her face with a wet paper towel soaked in epson salts and water
    -clean her feet with a mild cleaning solution.
    -trim or wash any feathers that have the drainage from the eye
    -give her an antibiotic feed often found at stores like tractor supply
    -clean her eye twice daily
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  5. nicole camp

    nicole camp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2013
    My hen got her eye damaged during breeding. If you have a rooster this may have happened to you as well. Make sure your coop is clean outside. It could also be germs hanging on the roosts.
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

  7. kpborkowski

    kpborkowski Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    Chelsea (Vic), Australia
    Hi we had a chicken with a similar looking eye problem recently. It started off just slightly swollen with watery discharge. We treated by washing the eye with saline solution. Then it got to the point where the eye no longer opened so we took her to the vet and it turned out to be a bad sinus infection. Unfortunately we had to have her put down as treatment was expensive with no guarantee of her recovering. She was getting quite old too :( apparently it wasn't contagious though so everyone else is ok. Good luck I hope she improves soon
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!

    So sorry about your hen. Definitely post this in our emergency section for help. I hope she makes a full recovery.
  9. chickie farmer

    chickie farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2013
    Sorry about your hen. Another hen may have pecked her eye.
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Poor hen - eyes cause so much distress even if it were just a minor injury, which it certainly isn't. I can sympathize with her because I have a swollen eye from allergies, and it is driving me nuts.

    Could you call a vet and see if he would recommend an over the counter eye ointment? She may have been pecked in the eye, or gotten a bit of thistle or something else in her eye. Apparently she needs more than saline or Epsom salts - has anyone responded to your emergencies post? Did you post and include her photo?

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