Rooster's eye shut

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnniesFarmFl, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. AnniesFarmFl

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    I have a rooster that has one eye shut close, we have taken out some kind of hard puss from his eyes and put Nu-Stock on it but it keeps coming back, but he is acting normal and it seems to not bother him. What should I do?

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If there is any nasal drainage, sneeze or cough, or chest rattles, I would suspect a respiratory infection such as coryza, especially if he has a bad odor around his head. Mycoplasma (MG) will sometimes cause swelling in the eye also, but without the odor. He also could have been injured near the eye causing an abscess. A vet could prescribe a good antibiotic if it is an injury. If it is a respiratory disease, then Tylan 50 injectable given as a shot into the breast muscle or given orally once a day for 3-5 days would help symptoms. Dosage is 1/4 ml for bantam or chick, 1/2 ml for standard chicken up to 5 lb, and 1 ml for over 5 lb. Coryza is best treated with sulfadimethoxine or sulmet. Respiratory diseases can make carriers of the whole flock.

    Infectious Coryza

    Synonyms: roup, cold, coryza
    Species affected: chickens, pheasants, and guinea fowl. Common in game chicken flocks.
    Clinical signs: Swelling around the face, foul smelling, thick, sticky discharge from the nostrils and eyes, labored breathing, and rales (rattles -- an abnormal breathing sound) are common clinical signs. The eyelids are irritated and may stick together. The birds may have diarrhea and growing birds may become stunted (see Table 1).
    Mortality from coryza is usually low, but infections can decrease egg production and increase the incidence and/or severity of other diseases. Mortality can be as high as 50 percent, but is usually no more than 20 percent. The clinical disease can last from a few days to 2-3 months, depending on the virulence of the pathogen and the existence of other infections such as mycoplasmosis.
    Transmission: Coryza is primarily transmitted by direct bird-to-bird contact. This can be from infected birds brought into the flock as well as from birds which recover from the disease which remain carriers of the organism and may shed intermittently throughout their lives.. Birds risk exposure at poultry shows, bird swaps, and live-bird sales. Inapparent infected adult birds added into a flock are a common source for outbreaks. Within a flock, inhalation of airborne respiratory droplets, and contamination of feed and/or water are common modes of spread.
    Treatment: Water soluble antibiotics or antibacterials can be used. Sulfadimethoxine (Albon[​IMG], Di-Methox[​IMG]) is the preferred treatment. If it is not available, or not effective, sulfamethazine (Sulfa-Max[​IMG], SulfaSure[​IMG]), erythromycin (gallimycin[​IMG]), or tetracycline (Aureomycin[​IMG]) can be used as alternative treatments. Sulfa drugs are not FDA approved for pullets older than 14 weeks of age or for commercial layer hens. While antibiotics can be effective in reducing clinical disease, they do not eliminate carrier birds.
    Prevention: Good management and sanitation are the best ways to avoid infectious coryza. Most outbreaks occur as a result of mixing flocks. All replacement birds on "coryza-endemic" farms should be vaccinated. The vaccine (Coryza-Vac) is administered subcutaneously (under the skin) on the back of the neck. Each chicken should be vaccinated four times, starting at 5 weeks of age with at least 4 weeks between injections. Vaccinate again at 10 months of age and twice yearly thereafter.
    Mycoplasma gallisepticum or MG, CRD

    Synonyms: MG, chronic respiratory disease (CRD), infectious sinusitis, mycoplasmosis
    Species affected: chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks, peafowl and passerine birds.
    Clinical signs: Clinical symptoms vary slightly between species. Infected adult chickens may show no outward signs if infection is uncomplicated. However, sticky, serous exudate from nostrils, foamy exudate in eyes, and swollen sinuses can occur, especially in broilers. The air sacs may become infected. Infected birds can develop respiratory rales and sneeze. Affected birds are often stunted and unthrifty (see Table 1).
    There are two forms of this disease in the turkey. With the "upper form" the birds have watery eyes and nostrils, the infraorbitals (just below the eye) become swollen, and the exudate becomes caseous and firm. The birds have respiratory rales and show unthriftiness.
    With the "lower form", infected turkeys develop airsacculitis. As with chickens, birds can show no outward signs if the infection is uncomplicated. Thus, the condition may go unnoticed until the birds are slaughtered and the typical legions are seen. Birds with airsacculitis are condemned.
    MG in chicken embryos can cause dwarfing, airsacculitis, and death.
    Transmission: MG can be spread to offspring through the egg. Most commercial breeding flocks, however, are MG-free. Introduction of infected replacement birds can introduce the disease to MG-negative flocks. MG can also be spread by using MG-contaminated equipment.
    Treatment : Outbreaks of MG can be controlled with the use of antibiotics. Erythromycin, tylosin, spectinomycin, and lincomycin all exhibit anti-mycoplasma activity and have given good results. Administration of most of these antibiotics can be by feed, water or injection. These are effective in reducing clinical disease. However, birds remain carriers for life.
    Prevention: Eradication is the best control of mycoplasma disease. The National Poultry Improvement Plan monitors all participating chicken and turkey breeder flocks.
     
  3. AnniesFarmFl

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    No there's no odor, coughing or sneezing he eat and drink good hes very alert and happy. Other chicks are fine no signs of any sickness. Its been about 3 week since eye has been swollen.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    There have been a few threads here lately with a swollen eye or face with no explanation of disease. If there are no respiratory symptoms, sometimes people think it is from a peck, a bee sting, or an injury. Sometimes there can be tumors around the eye. Many people treat with antibiotics to see if it will go away. Sometimes it doesn't. Since there was puss, it must be some sort of infection or abscess. Clavamox or Baytril from a vet would be some of the better antibiotics to use.
     
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    Thanks for the information, I'll talk to my vet about it. :)
     

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