swollen eye and sick bird


7 Years
Sep 1, 2012
Front Range Colorado
Hi All
I have a bird who is just setting on the roost by herself. She never does this so I picked her up and saw she had a really poopy butt.
I took her inside and washed her off and felt inside and I could feel an egg. I soaked her for a while in warm water and put some vasiline in her vent and took her back out to the roost. She immediatly laid an egg. But then almost as immediatly, she shut her eyes and I looked closer and it looked a little swollen. I went in to get the camera and this is what she looked like.

What should I do?
I recommend to call a veternarian. It could be a type of disease called Mycoplasma Gallisepticum. Not saying it's that but it is a possibility. I would read some info on the internet and keep an eye on her. Does it look infected or is there a wound? Maybe she just got something in her eye. Not an expert, just trying to help.
I went out and looked at the flock and there were two other birds with slightly swollen eyes.
I threw them in a box and took the to CSU vet clinic. They swabbed them and took blood. They wouldn't say anything that it might be. I was very frustrating. They just said it would be irresponsible to guess without lab results back.
It seems irresponsible to not give me an idea if there is something I can do in the meantime.
Don't know what to offer, but there is alot of coryza going around now. It can cause a 10-40 % decrease in egg production, inflammation of mucus menbranes(throat/eyes) and can be treated with erythromycon antibiotics. Keep her separated and watch your flock for others. Anyone sneezing/coughing?
No sneezing or coughing but two others have some swelling in their eyes. I have them in cages in the laundry room. I don't understand why I need to separate them if this is so contagious and you can never get rid of it.
I can't change the bedding until tomorrow so they are all in the coop where they have all been together for months.
I feel sick to my stomach. I can't believe this is happening.

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