Swollen, protruding eye on young Welsummer pullet

dreneedavis

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Jan 1, 2013
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One eye is protruding and lid is swollen—the eyeball itself looks completely dark. I’m guessing an injury or perhaps a sting? I’ve been fighting yellow jackets in the area of the coop and run. She seems ok otherwise. I’ve included some pics but they aren’t very close up.
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Any help appreciated!
 

Eggcessive

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My guess is that the eye has been pecked and you may be seeing the vitreous humor coming out or herniating. I think the eye migght be lost or blinded. I am not an expert on eyes, but it looks serious. I would probably keep it moist with eye drops or antibiotic ointment.
 

dreneedavis

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Jan 1, 2013
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Pecked (or bit by something?) is my best guess as well. I also had a chance to take her to the guy I got her from and he gave her an antibiotic shot just in case. If it looks no better by tomorrow he suggests lancing it to relieve the pressure. I think, in any case, vision is likely lost in that eye. Just hope we don't lose her. She continues to eat and move around pretty normally.
 

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