Started with draining, sticky eyes


Jul 4, 2014
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Our adult Sultan hen started having draining eyes that would stick closed overnight - we would gently clean them with warm saline & cotton balls so she’d be able to see in the morning & as long as she could see she’d be up & eating like normal. We brought her in the house a couple days later, as it wasn’t getting better & we didn’t want to infect the rest of the flock or have her picked on. Now her whole face is affected & she’s not a happy girl. We’ve cleaned her eyes & applied ophthalmic antibiotic ointment daily, but it’s not resolving. Please help!


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10 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
My she looks like she feels pretty bad from the pictures. Do she have a bad odor around the face? She probably has a respiratory disease that is causing conjunctivitis and a sinus infection. Usually that affects one eye in the beginning, and can spread to the other. Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) or coryza can be some of the ones that cause this. The symptoms may respond to an antibiotic such as Tylan50 injectable. I would give it orally 0.2 ml per pound 2-3 times a day for 5 days. Also get some Terramycin eye ointment and put a small dab in each eye twice a day. These diseases make her a carrier for life, and symptomms can come back again whenever she is stressed.

Make sure that she drinks water well, and some chicken vitamins for aweek or so may help her. Does your food have probiotics? If not give her some or a tsp a day of plain yogurt for some. Feed stores, such as TSC sometimes sell packets of probiotic powder in the dog medicine aisle.

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