- Mar 26, 2008
We just got a bunch of baby chicks about 2 weeks ago. I was cleaning the brooding pin out yesterday and noticed one of them wasn't as lively & it kept closing it's eye. After cleaning the pin, I put all the others back but kept the sick one out to take a better look. I noticed it looked like the little chicks eyes were bulging out a little & he kept his eyes closed alot. I set it down to see what it would do, it ran around a little, but would stop to rub it's face on it's breast, like his eyes were bothering him, sometimes loosing his balance while doing so. The color of his eyes aren't dark like the other chick's either, it's more of a brown color. I wasn't sure if he's sick, or hurt himself or is going blind. If he's sick I didn't think it would be wise to have him in the same pin as the others, so I kept him in a box with food, water & a heating lamp. Sometimes when I checked on him he was sleeping, sometimes he would be standing up & awake, but still closing his eyes alot. One time this evening when I check, it was chasing the bugs the light was attracting, he looked like he was doing ok, so I put it back in with the others hoping it's not a contagious sickness & that being with the others would help it stay warm during the night & keep him from being lonely...So, does anybody have any idea what might be wrong, what should I do, if there is anything I can do, if it is sick or hurt? Any help or information will be greatly appreciated, as you can probably tell, I'm a newbie at this and just want to do the best I can for the little chicks.