turkey won't open eye *UPDATED*Eye deformed???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robbdebbie, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

    Jun 18, 2009
    Madisonville, LA
    The poult is opening the other eye just fine, and there is no discharge. I tried to kinda open the eye a little and the eye looks fine underneth. Is this just a newborn thing or something else? Its brothers and sisters are all opening their eyes just fine.

    Okay, I cleaned his eye and that isn't the problem. It wasn't stuck together or anything, but the poult still isn't opening it. He is also a little weaker and unbalenced than the others now.


    Updated again:

    It is more like his eyelid is too small and high on his head. When I gently pull it open and down it is in the right spot but not open enough. It is set much higher on the head than the others. Has anyone had this before?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2009
  2. spydertoys

    spydertoys Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Munfordville, Kentucky
    Sometimes they are just a bit dry..go ahead and open it. He should be fine after that. He just needs to get some moisture going.
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I have had this in chicks and ducklings. I would just take a warm, wet cloth and gently wipe the eye. It may have some of the egg stuff sticking the eye shut. Good luck.
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Poults are more fragile than chicks. Make sure it is getting plenty of feed and water. This one may not have the hang of it. It may need help. You can also put electrolytes, sugar or gatorade in their water for extra energy. You can use a syringe and force feed and water the weaker one if it is not doing it enough on its own. Keep us posted.
  5. glassparman

    glassparman Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    Mojave, CA
    I have a week old chick that would not open the other eye the first day or so but he is fine now.


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