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Youngest hen eye pecked by other chickens, and now has one mild foamy eye.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by undine, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive noticed three of my older chickens have been picking on my youngest hen. They pecked the corner of her eye and around that her eyelid is now scabbed. Today morning i saw foam in the corner of her eye. The same eye she was pecked. I tried wiping/cleaning the foam away, but its kind of hard with one person...and a fussy chicken. What does the foam mean? There are no avian vets near where i live.

    She looks healthy and is showing no signs of anything. shes still eating well and running around.
     
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  2. KrisLW

    KrisLW Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, foamy eye is often indicative of 'mycoplasma' which is a respiratory disease. However, it could also mean other things, and given that she was pecked in that eye it may be a reaction to the pecking (not sure though). If it is mycoplasma, you should isolate her and decide whether to treat with antibiotics. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through the flock. Symptoms usually progress to swelling of the wattle and comb, runny nose or discharge from nose, and weight loss / loss of appetite. Often you can hear a rattle in the breathing too.

    Kris
     
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  3. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    woah, thanks for the information. although i hope thats not why her eye is foamy ;(
     
  4. KrisLW

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    No probs. keep a close eye to see if any other symptoms develop. Also keep a watch on the other hens eyes over the coming weeks just in case. Mycoplasma has an incubation period. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
     
  5. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will do! Theres an update though.. Ive been checking hey eve everyday since then, and it isnt foamy anymore =D her eye is healing from the attack, though its leaving some dirty gunk on some areas around her eye.
     
  6. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are there eyedrops for Mycoplasma?
     
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    Tobramycin 0.03% I think its called, its antibiotic eye drops for cats but I use it on quails chickens and snake
     
  8. KrisLW

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    Hi, if it's mycoplasma then the antibiotics are usually added to the water. Mycoplasma causes respiratory disease and foamy eye is one of the symptoms. Denagard is a good broad spectrum antibiotic that we use in the UK and the whole flock is treated together. Look it up online. We also use Baytril but I believe it's banned in the US. If it's not mycoplasma and is just an eye infection I'm not sure how that would be treated. You'll need to ask a Vet.
     
  9. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea, its just an eye infection since all my chickens including her are doing fine.. still has their appetite and energy D: but my poor chico(name of the chicken who got her eye pecked) =( hey eyelid is so damaged, but i will keep in mind about this IF something does happen. thank you =D
     
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  10. undine

    undine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thaaanks!! Is it over the counter? Can it be bought online?

    well this sucks, i need a prescription

    This is the only one i found that idoesnt need a prescription. Can human eye drops be used on poultry?
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CCJ6X3K/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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