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New 3 day old Salmon Faverolle chick with slimy film over eyes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SamieAndMatt, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. SamieAndMatt

    SamieAndMatt New Egg

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    When we first got Nugget, she was fine. Then a couple hours later we noticed some of her fluff got caught in her one eye. (pic below)
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    We did not think anything of it because it was so benign.
    This is what it looks like now....

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    Apperently she got some shavings in there... and when I tried to take a damp cloth to brush it off it would not budge, it is really stuck on there. also I noticed a slime wiped onto the towel.
    I'm scared because it is messing with her sight, when she goes to peck at food she misses a lot.
    She is fine with drinking water though and is not lethargic at all, she is running around like the other chicks.

    Please help in any way, thank you! :)
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Take a warm soapy wash cloth and keep wiping her eye to get the crud off, may have to hold it on her eye for a few mins till it softens enough. When it is clean apply some non pain relief neosporine to the eye to keep it moist. You can also use it to smooth down the fluff so it stays out of her eye.
     
  3. dawg53

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    Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let it cool. Then try flushing the eye with the cooled solution. (Homemade saline solution.)
    Once the debris is flushed, put a little neosporin ointment in the eye to prevent infection. Hopefully it'll flush out. Good luck.
     
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  4. SamieAndMatt

    SamieAndMatt New Egg

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    Thanks both of you, I will try them and let you know how it works.
    I just dont want to poke a shaving into her eye more and cause real damage
     
  5. I had to get a shaving out of a chick's eyes once. A long pinkie fingernail worked wonders, of course I used sanitizer on it first and then rinsed it off with cold water. It is alcohol based and that wouldn't be good for an eye. Someone has to hold the chick very still. You can get it out. I agree with dawg53, a saline flush is probably best.

    It looks like you might have a problem developing with poopy butts too, from one of the other chicks. Check all butts... if poop in dried on, get some Q-tips and warm running water. Use the Q-tip to apply water to soften the poop and eventually get it all cleaned off. I generally use one Q-tip per bird, just keep putting it under the water to wash out and bring more water back to the chick. To dry, I usually use a few pieces of toilet paper because of how absorbent it is to dry them off. Wiping quickly from side to side once most of the moisture is gone will help the fluff to fluff back up. You can blow gently on the wet places too to help fluff them up. Just don't put them back wet as they'll get a chill.
     
  6. SamieAndMatt

    SamieAndMatt New Egg

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    It seems to have gotten worse, I tried everything you guys have suggested. This morning I woke up and their was a shaving in her eye. However when I tried to pull it out it looked as if it would pull her little eye out. It just seems there is a little layer of goo all over her eyes. She is the only affected one out of all four of them. I tried the eye medicine idea. It didn't seem to work. I tried the boiling water one, still no luck. I changed the substrate out of fear that more will get stuck on here eye. I just have basic paper towels in there.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I was afraid it might be something else. Clean up her eyes, good that you put down paper towels. I would put her on an antibiotic. It seems it may be a infection of sorts, maybe brought on by stress or being chilled etc.... Often it will start with a goopy eye in chicks.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012
  8. SamieAndMatt

    SamieAndMatt New Egg

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    The good news is that we got the piece of substrate off of her eye. She seems to be almost alienated to the other side of the catch, the other chicks are avoiding her, or almost as if they are being mean to her. I'll post some pictures of her as of right now. I really want her to pull through. We got eye relief drops. How would you go about applying it to her eyes though?

    She is the most tame one out of them. Calm and whatnot.

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    Over the past few days when we first used shavings as substrate I did not realize she had a goopy eye. You could not tell when we first brought her home. After the first tries of getting a small shaving out of her eye her other eye started to attract substrate as well. When we woke up this morning her eyes were a disaster, even though we used homemade saline solution and got the slime and other stuff off, she just kept getting shavings into them. When I tried to get the second shaving out, It was tugging onto her outter eye area, even when we drenched it... So we had to clip it off with fingernail clippers.. And changed the shavings to paper towels. I feel so bad for this little one because she is my favorite. She is developing the sweetest personality and its like she knows we are trying to help her.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012
  9. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Poor girl, I would still get her on an antibiotic, like Sulmet or Duramycian, or a little amoxicillin ....
     

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