very swollen eye and sick chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkymom, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. silkymom

    silkymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello, i am new here, i just went through a house chicken i think with mereks , leg probs, shes doing well now, yesterday i found another of the same age hen chick, 4 months with a really swollen and stuck shut eye, i spent an hour with warm compresses to open it and applyed antibiotic ointment, i also gave tylan 50 shot, i can see the eye but its so swollen i cant see a wound yet, she is eating and drinking and likes the hot towel, also one 2 half month old chik is thin and droopy,. i have them together inside, she also is eating and drinking but dumpy, i gave a small shot of tylan , case i have another like larry the tip over chicken, both are silkys of this yrs chicks, the eye worries me, its huge, anything else i can do, i need to do as much as i can myself, my epileptic dog takes most money for vets, and im not working much now, its getting cold here in michigan and construction work is scarce,
    i love my birds, i have 19 silkys a pair of phesants and my heeler, we tyr to live off the land as much as we can, all my birds are free range but the pheasants, my dog protects them.
    thanks if ya can help,silkymom
     
  2. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Any chance of a pic?

    Continue the injection for three days, you should see a noticeable difference by then.

    If you actually have Mareks everything under a year old is in danger of succumbing to the virus. Check with your state about necropsy and whether there is any cost involved. Its best to have an absolute answer so you know what direction you need to go to. Vaccination may be your only alternative if it is Mareks.
     
  3. silkymom

    silkymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks , larry the limpy bird is doing good after 2 weeks in the house in a chicken diaper, im not sure what happpened but was reading here and guessed, im looking for any other signs from the others, all but 4 of my 19 birds are under 1 yr, i will keep the shots up and see, with the eye, should i keep up the ointment to, will it over do, ? thanks.
    silkie mom,
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Yes, keep the ointment up. It helps keep the secretions from drying which makes it more difficult to open the eye lid.

    There is a small possibility the Tylan 50 won't knock it back completely. I had a Guinea girl with what I described as an exploding eye. It was huge, red and sealed shut. The injections, flushing with saline and ointment had her doing quite well by the third injection but not quite where I thought she should be. I ended the injections after four days and put her on a course of Tylan water soluble for ten days.

    She rejoined her flock without any further problems from the eye.
     
  5. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    I have a hen whose right eyelid was very swollen. I watched it for over two weeks and it kept getting bigger. To the point where she could only see about 1/4 out of the eye.
    On Tuesday a caught her and showed my DH. He felt it and we decided to lance it. I went and got the exacto knife, put in a clean new blade and grabbed the neosporin.
    I held her down and he lanced it. It squirted out alot of clear thick plasma and then blood tinged plasma. At least 2 tsp. full. He gently squeezed it until it stopped oozing. Then we applied some neosporin and let her go.
    Today I saw her and she seems fine. Her eyelid will still take a bit to finish healing and I will watch her closely for another week or so.
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I was wondering whose hubby would be cool enought to lance the chickens eye for them . . . and then I saw it was you! lol!
     
  7. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Yeah, that's my sweetheart!
     
  8. silkymom

    silkymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey all , not ready to lance yet, but she is with my help eating and drinking, gave some salad todaY AND SHe tryed her best to get it, she cant see out of the big eye, the little chich with her is eating and now drinking, just dumpy and thin, i think the roo is mabey being a jerk and they all arnt getting all they need, by the way the roo , mirror raised these chicks after a magor wild dog attack that took 11 chicks ans the mothers, rooster raised chicks are wierd, well the 2 i have in are 2 of the 4 partridge chicks i have , hopefully i get a roo out of them the mom of three of em is a beauty partridge and three of the chicks out of blue guy are hers, the older is probably hers too blue rooster, i dont know, i just need to save them , i really hope one of the younger partridge chicks is a boy,

    thanks all , i dont see a change in the eye yet , but ill keep going, she did eat some greens and some bread, im giving anything she might like, thanks ill try to stay for a bit i only have so much time,
    silkymo m,
    also my brother got this laptop working for me . im not good at this, but i will have a photo thing working in a few days, ill get ya some pics, see ya,
     
  9. silkymom

    silkymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know if replying to myself is the correct way to do this but i have a question, my hens eye now is wide open , from the swelling i assume , but the eyeball itself is dry , i can see the iris and pupil but i cant get it moist enough , she cant close it, im still giving the shots, today will be 4 shots, could i put a bandaid with ointment on it over the eye do you think? i think she may still be able to see out of it, im afraid to lance it ,
    thanks
     
  10. silkymom

    silkymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]here is a pic of the eye if it worked,
     

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