Nictitating Membrane closed and yellow/white.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Vickery, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Vickery

    Vickery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 7+ Month old ROR has had a persistent (apparent) infection (2+ weeks) of her nictitating membrane I'm pretty sure. Over these two weeks I have tried many different options suggested to me. First I gave oral "Terra Vet-10, flushed the eye with saline solution, put drops of penicillin in it (suggested by feed store), and administered drops of "Vetricyn" opthamalic. She began opening the upper and lower lids, and swelling was lessened a lot but the 3rd eyelid continued to be closed and yellow/white.

    Then a local (non-poultry seeing) Vet, gave me an opthamalic antibiotic salve which I treated her with for 3 days...but it didn't help at all.

    It was suggested that this was pus and should be removed. I tried but never really got anything but a minimal bit of mucus off her eye.

    Then, I was told by a local egg rancher to give her Tylan 50 orally in her water and to use a cotton ball to bathe the eye with more of the Tylan solution (after warm compressing it a few times to remove any pus). Energy level is much better and her eye is generally open but the membrane rarely moves nor opens (although we think we caught a brief half opening yesterday once!). It appears that there might be a little darker edge on the outside edge of the membrane. This is day 4 of this treatment.

    I'm pretty sure she probably has lost the vision in that eye (but maybe not!)...I have looked at the many diseases of the eye posted...none match up with my situation. She does not have any respiratory issues (but did have runny poop on day 1 and 2 but this resolved early on). I'm sort of at the end of my rope...don't know what to do at this point. Any other advice from some "seasoned" chicken people would be much appreciated. Thanks...Northern Nevada Vickery.
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Sorry about your girl. I have no idea what might be going on, but wanted to mention that Metzer Farms (the duck hatchery) has a list of Poultry Vets / vets that have seen poultry on their site. http://www.metzerfarms.com/Veterinarians.cfm Have you tried some of the pet bird type Avian websites, some of them have Ask The Vet type of forums since this is apparently unusal in a chicken.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I think you are probably dealing with coryza. Mycoplasma is very common too, and it responds to Tylan usually. Coryza lasts weeks, even as long as 2 months, and is never really cured completely. The drug sulfadimethoxine (brand name Di-Methox) treats coryza best. If it were me, I would try to get her tested by the state vet or county NPIP tester. Getting a necropsy to know what you are dealing with if she dies is another suggestion. Here is a link on how to get your state vet to ask questions: http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/AnimalHealth/statevets.aspx

    Here is a list of common poultry diseases for your reading: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  4. Vickery

    Vickery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to you both for you reply and assistance...
     
  5. Vickery

    Vickery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to close this thread by giving the end of the story on "Houdini" the RIR with the yellow eye! Well, after trying everything from saline to Tylan-50 (it feels like anyway) for about 3 weeks...I ended up doing a twice a day warm water compresses, trying to soak off the harden pus and peel it off with a q-tip (no luck there!), then cotton balled some Tylan-50 into the eye, and kept her separated during the day with only the tylan-50 water to drink (plus food of course)...She began to act better, and regained some of her tenacity with the other girls. I was kind of worried to have her in the run with the other 5 as some were picking on her. Well, the hardened pus began to pull back when we'd be out looking for worms and free ranging, but it was obvious that she couldn't see out of it[​IMG]. She began squatting when I'd come into the run and then started laying again[​IMG] ! Now, after a couple of weeks, the pus is only about 1/3 over the eye (and receding more all the time) and I can see that the eyeball is grey...so as I was told would probably happen...she lost the use of that eye. She needs a little help when we're out and about as she definitely misses things (like where we are). Hey but she's got her "mojo" back and she pushes back when one of the other girls elbow her. So...all and all a learning experience with a sort of happy ending! [​IMG] Thanks to all of you that gave me their "best shot" at figuring this out. You're the best!
     
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  6. chickiegrrl

    chickiegrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so happy to hear that Houdini's infection is getting better and that she's feeling better! I have been following your story and cheering for you. It's great to hear that she's getting back to being herself. I bet she will do great even without the sight in that eye. You are a great chicken owner for keeping at it and trying everything that you could think to get her healthy! [​IMG]
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Glad to hear that it looks like it will turn out well for her and she is laying already and every thing, plucky little girl. Once they get used to it, chickens do OK with only one eye, so with any luck she will be all the back to her old self in no time.
     

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