Watery eye on hen

Evelyn's Mom

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My 1 year old buff brahma, Princess Poppy has had a watery eye off and on for about 2 weeks or so. It seems to come and go, and no other symptoms. I picked her up yesterday for a closer look and it seems a little pale around her eyeball and little watery bubbles in the corner. Ideas? I have 6 other hens with no symptoms. These are the best pics I could get. Thanks!
 

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puffypoo

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Looks like a respiratory disease of some kind. My hens have that too unfortunately.
She and the others will be carriers for life but secondary symptoms can be treated with .20 ml of Tylan50 per pound of chicken, given orally or injected 3 times a day for 5 days.
 

chickens really

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yes, we went from summer to flinter (90degrees to highs in the 50's, now 60's) in a day and a half. I can feel her pain. Sinus pressure, headaches, my eyes hurt, too!
Flinter is fall/winter!
Well...Chickens carrying a respiratory disease will need antibiotics because sometimes it kills them. Vet is needed.
 

dawg53

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It might be environmental since there are no other symptoms and your other birds arnt showing symptoms of a respiratory disease.
Ammonia fumes from soiled bedding can be a cause, pollen, dust or debris in eyes from dust bathing, feed dust, scratched eye etc...
Flush the eyes with saline solution and apply neosporin and see if it helps.
 

Evelyn's Mom

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It might be environmental since there are no other symptoms and your other birds arnt showing symptoms of a respiratory disease.
Ammonia fumes from soiled bedding can be a cause, pollen, dust or debris in eyes from dust bathing, feed dust, scratched eye etc...
Flush the eyes with saline solution and apply neosporin and see if it helps.
I can flush them, then apply neosporin right into the eye??
 

dawg53

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I can flush them, then apply neosporin right into the eye??
Yes, a thin small "fingernail" strip is all that is needed. It will melt in the eye, no problem.:)
Also check her eye closely for a piece of feather or fluff in her eye which can cause irritation. I've had that happen and use small scissors to cut it down as necessary.
 

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