Swollen eye,please help?!?!?

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    haystack613 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two hens their eyes are swollen and are watery.It is below freezing here so their eyes are also frozen shut,please help!!!???:hit


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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They may have a respiratory disease such as MG or mycoplasma. Do you notice a very bad smell around the head that could be a symptom of infectious coryza? I would clean the eyes with normal saline, and apply some plain antibiotic ointment such as Terramycin or Neosporin into them. MG, coryza, and other diseases can make carriers of a whole flock, so they should be separated. Tylan 50 injectable, Gallimycin, and tetracycline drugs are all used to treat MG. Coryza may be treated with Sulmet or Sulfadimethoxine. Here is a good link to read about these and other common diseases: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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    What are all the symptoms?
     
  4. brown silkie

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    We have had that with our chickens too. The cold weather is really hard. Can you use a heat lamp or keep them somewhere warmer? One of our little hens had some grain stuck up her nose and that made her eye swell for months. One other little hen had a grass stuck in her eye and that had to eventually get pulled out. Then the swelling finally resolved. We gave that hen some golden seal tea by dropper and that seemed to help with the swelling/infection. We have also given our hens nettle tea by dropper and that also appears to help. But, since your hens are sick please try to keep them warm!
     
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    We separated them and put them under a heat lamp.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    The symptoms were in the link I provided above. Here they are again for MG and coryza--most of these disease have similar symptoms, so you can't be positive unless you get one tested or have a necropsy done by the state vet. Getting them warm is good, since most sickness will make them chill.

    Mycoplasma gallisepticum

    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.


    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.
     
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    Will VetRX help?
     

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