Please help! Chickens with eye problems ...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bjcm, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Bjcm

    Bjcm In the Brooder

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    Please help! I have 9 chicks that I got in April. I have only had them in my coop for 2 weeks. Almost all of them have something going on with at least one eye. Some of them can't open one, some open just a little, some are watery, and some kinda crusty. I started putting rooster booster stuff in their water. What else can I do?????
     
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  2. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    Can you post some pictures of some of the eyes and birds in question, and of your set up? Did this start only after you put them in the coop 2 weeks ago, or was it going on in the brooder before they were moved? A respiratory illness is a possibility, if you have a vet they can test to id that, it could be viral or bacterial. It's also possible that something in the environment is irritating them, especially if this started after they were moved. Bedding, fumes from paint/glue/varnish etc. Was this a new, never before used coop, or was it used for birds in the past? Does it have adequate ventilation? Hopefully with a little more information you can get some suggestions.
     
  3. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    Yes, pictures of chicks and housing, please! There are probably a few possibilities and we'll want to narrow down the list to advise you any further!

    Sorry your babies aren't well; the Rooster booster was a good call! :hugs
     
  4. Bjcm

    Bjcm In the Brooder

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    The coop is new we had to build for the new ones cause we already have 11 hens. The babies stayed at my sister in lawes until we were done building. IMG_20190625_114244581_HDR.jpg IMG_20190625_114359806.jpg IMG_20190625_114507165_HDR.jpg IMG_20190625_114515800.jpg IMG_20190625_115348844.jpg IMG_20190625_114720579.jpg
     
  5. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    That's a very nice coop! Looks clean and roomy. So my next question is how is their poops? Eating and drinking okay? Any changes in breathing?

    Are you using cedar or pine shavings?
     
  6. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    Just to eliminate a possible problem you could give the coop a good deep cleaning removing all bedding and scrubbing it out using white vinegar witha fresh water rinse and let it dry really well.

    For their eyes (as a right now solution) just keep gently cleaning them with saline or tepid, filtered or distilled water.
     
  7. Bjcm

    Bjcm In the Brooder

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    I believe they are all eating and drinking well. Their breathing seems normal. We have had chickens before but always got them when they were older. The shavings are pine. Their poop is normal but every once in awhile we some red.
     
  8. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    Red as in specks of berry or red as in blood? If you even *think* it was blood they likely have Coccidiosis and its super common in younger birds. Go to the farm supply store and buy Corid and add it to their water. Caught early it's pretty treatable but you'll need to get moving now as they're pretty symptomatic at this point.
     
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    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    The good news is the Corid won't hurt them at all if they don't have coccidiosis but given the red stool and swollen eyes I'd bet they do.
     
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  10. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Does your sister in law have poultry of her own?
    Do the chickens have nasal discharge? Is the area around the eye swollen? Is there a smell?
    Your birds have a respiratory infection. It could be infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), coryza, or mycoplasma.
    You will need to treat them with Tylan 50.
    @Texas Kiki @Eggcessive @azygous @casportpony @Hen Pen Jem cam you guys help?
     

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