New and need help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ckkat, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. ckkat

    ckkat New Egg

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    Hi, we have seven chickens and free range them during the day. Last night, one didn't come home. We found her this morning and she seems fine except for one swollen shut eye. She seems to be eating and drinking but tired. Will the other chicks bother her? Does she need medicine? She let me hold her and put some cold water on it. Help please - I'm a newbie at this. They are about five to six mths old. They are buff orpingtons
     
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were my chicken, I would separate her and reintroduce to to the flock in a day or so if she seems alright. (But I am an old softie and I like to spoil them a little) If they are not picking on her then she can probably stay where she is. I had a chicken who survived a raccoon attack but later I realized she was blind in the one eye. She lived to be an old girl. I had one get stung by a wasp and she was fine later too.

    I would watch her and see. They cannot see from dusk on so she may have gotten stuck and scared and ran into something.

    Caroline
     
  3. ckkat

    ckkat New Egg

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    Thanks Caroline :). I will keep a close eye on her. The others don't seem to be bothering her at all so far.
     
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! Glad you joined BYC! :~D
     
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] she may need some OTC eye drops, you could ask your pharmacist for a recommendation.
     
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve, :frow
     
  9. ckkat

    ckkat New Egg

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    Just to update, she is doing much better! Her eye is open now just bruised. She seems frightened to go outside so staying in the barn but eating and drinking and definitely perking up! Thanks for the advice. Glad I found others who love raising chicks!
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - glad that your hen is doing better.
     

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