NOT an emergency--Chick with eye stuck shut

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EggDropSoup, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. EggDropSoup

    EggDropSoup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2012
    Hi all---

    I checked on my chicks this evening and noticed one of my little White Leghorns had an eye that appeared to be stuck shut. It's not bloody, gooey, or crusty. I used a warm, damp washcloth and wiped gently until her eye popped back open. She seems totally fine--eating, drinking, playing, etc. If this happens again, is it alright to use terramycin ointment (like what the vet would give you for a cat's infected eye)? Thanks!!
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Yes it would be safe. She may have just got some dust in it or someone may have pecked her. Just keep it clean and put some cream on it if it shows any worsening :)
  3. EggDropSoup

    EggDropSoup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2012
    Thank you for your input! I'll keep an eye on her. I recently switched from Carefresh litter to pine shavings, so maybe the switch irritated her. It's also possible she got pecked. The little chicks are getting really curious and kind of pecking at anything and everything that grabs their attention! I have some terramycin on hand (I'm forever nursing litters of orphan kittens), so I will use that if necessary.

    Thanks again!
  4. cardinalmaccio

    cardinalmaccio Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2012
    glad your chick is doing better, our vet said we can buy carefresh online in bulk, but I have not been able to find a site, were do you purchase your carefresh?
  5. sck279

    sck279 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2012
    Elgin TX
    I keep bottles of saline solution (for contact lenses) on hand- sterile, small stream that is easy to direct. You can use it on just about any injury to cleanse dirt and debry, body fluid, etc... and also inexpensive.

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