Sores/swollen eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies, Illness, Meds & Cures' started by Ashley Tozar, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Ashley Tozar

    Ashley Tozar New Member

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    20200322_105402.jpg Hi,
    My 1.5 yo hen has an acutely swollen eye. On the 1st day there was one of these lesions, by the following day she looked like this. I have been treating it with antibiotic ointment on the outside and using teramycin/ irrigation when able in the eye. I have not been able to visualize the eye. She has not developed any other signs that would make me think it's a respiratory disease, and aside from being uncomfortable, she is eating,drinking, pooping, and moving around well. Could this just be a bad sting, or irritant, or do you think something infectious? Again she doesn't have symptoms of more common disorders that I have found in my research. Thanks for any help!!
     
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  2. robin416

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    That might be pox. I'll give a holler to someone who's dealt with it. He might have ideas on what to do with it that close to the eye.
     
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  3. dawg53

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    It might be fowl pox, you should see lesions on her comb and wattles as well. If it's not fowl pox; have you seen flock mates pecking at her eye or have you seen her scratching her eye? Either of these could be a cause.
    For now, I'd continue with a saline flush, pat dry, and continue with the terramycin eye ointment for twice a day for 5 days.
    If there are no other lesions (comb and wattles) and the terramycin hasnt cleared up the eye in 5 days, you might need to get her started on an antibiotic.
     
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  4. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm not sure this would do anything or not but try some liquid children's Benadryl to see if that lessons the swelling any.
     
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  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Well-Known Member

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    They DO kind look like stings of some sort. Children's Benadryl dosage is 1/2ml orally. Wait 24 hours before redosing and only if necessary. Do not overdose with benadryl.
    If anything, it'll ensure the trachea stays open if there's venom from stings.
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  6. Ashley Tozar

    Ashley Tozar New Member

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    Thank you all for your input! I did start benadryl and rimadyl (had some from a previous chicken injury), so here's hoping it starts to resolve! Its definitely bothering her, so I'm hoping if we can get the itching/swelling down she wont create more self-inflicting trauma
     
  7. robin416

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    That doesn't look self inflicted at all.
     
  8. Sylie

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    you know...it kind of reminds me of red ant bites. Do you have red ants in your area? Have you looked at all of your other chickens for even a single sore like this?
     
  9. dawg53

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    I thought about fire ants. However there would ALOT more stings, and not only around the eye.
    It might help if you go out to the coop at night with a flashlight and see if you can observe anything going on with your hen. Take a look at the roost(s) and see if there's anything crawling on roosts and look for spiders/spider webs as well.
     
  10. Sylie

    Sylie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good thinking dawg. Spiders could do this too.