sudden blindness and pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by zjz1999, May 26, 2016.

  1. zjz1999

    zjz1999 New Egg

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    Hi, I just joined the BYC to ask these questions. I'm a new chicken parent. (1) My rooster, a little over a year old, suddenly went blind in one eye. The other eye is normal. He lives with two hens in a very large fenced-in run and a secured coop. No fighting as far as I know. What caused his blindness? What can I do about it?

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    (2) The two hens have some white and black dots on their crowns. Is this avian pox or injury? If it is pox, how can I stop further infection?

    Thanks,
    Zhen
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It does look as if your birds have pox. Type fowl pox in the search bar at the top of the page for information and treatment ideas. If it were me, I would obtain ophthalmic ointment and start treating the rooster's eye. It is probably infected and he may very well not be blind.
     
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    zjz1999 New Egg

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    Thanks so much for your reply. Do you think that the rooster developed pox in or near the eye, which caused the eye to shut?
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would guess that is very likely what happened - a mosquito very likely bit him on his eyelid.
     

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