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New chick, eyes swollen shut?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by smvettechmom, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. smvettechmom

    smvettechmom Out Of The Brooder

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    We got some new chicks yesterday. I noticed this am that one of the babies eyes appear to be swollen shut. I tried a wet washcloth to make sure they weren't crusted shut but they appear to be very bruised and swollen completely shut. I haven't seen her eat or drink and I'm worried. Any ideas??? Thank you!!!!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Perhaps she was pecked in the eye? Did she come from a feed store or a breeder? I would watch to make sure the other chicks aren't pecking her, and if so separate the guilty party with a little fence or box inside the breeder. I have seen new chicks peck eyes because they are bright. Usually separation overnight has solved the issue. If the eye seems to be draining, you can use Vetericyn eye gel or eye wash, or an antiobiotic eye ointment such as Terramycin. Those are available at many feed stores, but you may need to ask for them.
     
  3. smvettechmom

    smvettechmom Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was thinking. I've got some Terramycin... I'm just worried that she's not eating. She came from a feed store. Thank you soooo much!!!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you have any chick citamins with electrolytes, such as SaveAChick, or some pedialyte or even gatorade, you can gice her some, and dop her beak into the water as often as possible tonight and tomorrow. Sprinkle some chick crumbles around her feet. It might be a little hard for her to see until her eyelid goes down.
     

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