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Chicken With Eye Swelled Shut

I have a chicken that is about 26 weeks old or so. Just within the last week I realized that her one eye was shut. Now today I see that it is all swelled up around you eye. Does anyone know what would cause this?

craigmartin
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

caN YOU post pics please?

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Pm sent

craigmartin
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Are you on BYC?
This is the best place to get advice. And embed images.

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

No. I don't know what BYC is.

craigmartin
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

BackYardChickens. Joining made a lot of difference for my flock. You always get an answer to your problems. Tag me if you join, I have the same name.

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

This would be mycoplasma, you need an antibiotic

happy hatching
Friday, January 29th, 2021

Somebody mentioned to me that it might just be a piece of dirt or something that got into the eye and not actually a disease.

craigmartin
Friday, January 29th, 2021

How is it now?

Sulky Bantam
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

I think it is about the same as it was when I first posted except I see some pus oozing out. Sulky Bantam did you see that I tagged you on my post on BYC.

craigmartin
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

No, I'm so sorry. What's your name there? I get a lot of notifications. Post on my profile!

Sulky Bantam
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Are you called craigmartin there too?

Sulky Bantam
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Iv said what it is.
You need tylan soluble if you can lay your hands on it.
Hard to get now as they've stopped producing it.
Where are you based?

happy hatching
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

I am based in Waterford but my closest town is Carrick-on-suir. What I have just started doing with my sick hen is rinsing it with some saline solution and then putting some neosporine on it. I plan to do this twice daily. Neosporine is an antibiotic cream.

craigmartin
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

@Sulky Bantam. My name on BYC is Carter Martin. I forgot that you wouldn't recognize that name as me.

craigmartin
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Ok!

Sulky Bantam
Saturday, January 30th, 2021

She may have been pecked in the eye by an older bird.she may go blind in this eye.This happens a lot more so with roosters.I have two old one eyed roosters here.
Swelling means infection so penicillin is needed.IF you think she has not been pecked in the eye, the other possibility is Infectious Coryza. This is a contagious respiratory illness.Mycoplasma is also mentioned here also which causes respiratory illnesses.
I Would put penicillin or some other antibiotic in the drinking water or give orally to the whole flock for a few days as a precaution.
Better be safe than sorry.

roostercroweburn
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

I must ask if You save a hen that is sneazing? If you do she is the carrier for respiratory illness and she infect all the others in the flock and then some will become carriers for life.Thats how respiratory illness spreads in birds.

roostercroweburn
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

My hen has been acting sick as in not eating or drinking a lot and just staying by herself and on the one side of her head it is all swelled up. I have isolated her now to some extent. She does not seem to be having any breathing problems. So it is just a peck in the eye or a foreign object in it will she get better and lay well. Or would it be best to just do away with her now. It if is a disease I feel like this would be the best option anyway. So maybe I just better do that.

craigmartin
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

"You always get an answer to your problems on BYC"

You, ve had a couple of good answers here craigmartin but because they suggested a disease you don't seem to want to hear that. Happy hatching and roostercroweburn have answered you but you seem more interested in chatting to suly bantam bit rude really but there you go 🙄

nama-man
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Her whole head has swelled up now? How long has it been like this?

Sulky Bantam
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

I'm sorry. I did not mean to make it seem like I was talking only to Sulky Bantam. When I look back I could see that it could look that way.
Her whole head is not swelled up. It is just half the head on the side of the bad eye. I'm not exactly sure how long it has been this way. I think about a week to two weeks ago I notice or eye was staying shut. And then up to a week later or so I got a closer look at it and saw that it was all swelled up. I think that is when I first posted on here about it.

craigmartin
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

And also I am just trying to decide whether the chicken is worth keeping or not. If it is just a peck in the eye it feels like she'll probably get better and lay many eggs for me. But if it is some sort of disease then I should probably just do away with her so that the disease doesn't spread to my other chickens and because she will likely not lay well if she gets better. She isn't an extremely valuable hen so it is not like I need to do everything possible to save her. Roostercroweburn said that something in his last post about her or the chickens she infects becoming carriers for life so I don't think I should keep her if it is a disease.

craigmartin
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

Ca you see anything in the eye? Like a splinter? What's it lik inside her ear?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 1st, 2021

If its Myco or some other highly infectious disease then your too late as it will already be in your other birds.

You need to get a dept vet to do an autopsy on the bird to find out what it is and go from there, too dangerous to be dithering around with infections, you could lose the lot.

nama-man
Monday, February 1st, 2021

Swollen head means respiratory disease of some sort.And shes is too far gone. If you treat her and she gets better She will be a carrier. and will be sick often. Put her out of her misery.

roostercroweburn
Monday, February 1st, 2021

Nama-man has given you the best advice you could get right now.I thought it is worth mentioning!

roostercroweburn
Monday, February 1st, 2021

I agree, head swelling up = infectious

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 1st, 2021

So if the other chickens are infected can I even save them?

craigmartin
Monday, February 1st, 2021

I am planning to take the chicken to the vet tomorrow. I sell eggs to the shop. Not knowing what this infection means is it safe to continue selling eggs. What do you guys think?

craigmartin
Monday, February 1st, 2021

Not eggs from that hen for sure...
Why not wait until the vet says what's wrong to be on the safe side.

Well, anything wrong with the other hens at all?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 1st, 2021

No there is nothing wrong with the other chickens that I have noticed.

craigmartin
Monday, February 1st, 2021

You shouldn't sell anything, eggs for hatching, consumption or birds until you find out whats wrong with the bird.
Get it to a vet without out delay, you originally posted this a week ago so you, ve lost a week's treatment already that's if it is treatable at all. If its infectious then all your other birds are also now infected because of you delaying doing the right thing.

nama-man
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

I got her to the vet today and he said she has mycoplasma. But he said even though I didn't separate her immediately that since I have not notice anything in my other chickens yet he wouldn't give them antibiotics. He said that if I give my chickens antibiotics I for sure can't sell the eggs and I think he said that they can't be eaten. So he said just keep a really close eye on them and see if anything else shows up. And then if more cases show up then we give antibiotics. Thanks everybody for the replies and advice.

craigmartin
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

There we go.
You're welcome

happy hatching
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

how is she now

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

I actually got rid of her and am hoping that I don't see any other cases.

craigmartin
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Ok

keep us updated

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Will do.

craigmartin
Thursday, February 11th, 2021

I have not noticed any symptoms in any of my other chickens yet. The vet said that if I wait about a month and do not see any other cases then I can probably keep going about like normal. What do you guys think about this.

craigmartin
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

the fact that you never actually found out what the bird was carrying would not encourage me that all is well,even if the birds don,t show any symptoms they could still be harbouring whatever the infection was.
Bad advice from your vet in my opinion,you should have had a PM done on the bird by the Dept of Ag to discover what it was.
As for carrying on as normal well i would,nt be too happy eating or hatching eggs from your birds at all.

nama-man
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

I did figure out what the bird was carrying. The vet said that it was mycoplasma.

craigmartin
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

I'd say all your birds are carriers so some have stronger immune systems and dont show any illness.

paddycrawford
Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Apologies, well if it was Myco then as paddy said all your other birds are carriers now whether showing symptoms or not.
Horrible bitch of a condition and Can transfer on through hatching eggs too as far as I know.

nama-man
Monday, February 15th, 2021

If you put mycoplasma into the search box on here, top right hand corner of the main page there's plenty of info, pay particular attention to the post by lulu headed mycoplasma what happens next.
That is the only way to deal with an outbreak and I, m surprised your vet did not tell you that.

nama-man
Monday, February 15th, 2021

If I was to get my most special breeding stock tested then if the test came back negative I would be good to go with each bird that got tested right?

craigmartin
Monday, February 15th, 2021

I would imagine they are all carriers now so it would probably be a waste of time and money.
From what I know of the condition the only solution is to cull everything and disinfect with Vircon, give the ground a good break after liming and start a fresh with new stock..
It was nearly 2 weeks before you got rid of the infected bird so the chances of the others not catching it are very slim.

nama-man
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Yeah. I actually have some chickens that are pretty special to me and it is fairly likely that they did not come in direct contact with the sick one so I am hoping to save them if I can.

craigmartin
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

I know what you are saying but if you were handling the sick bird you probably transferred it to yourself

nama-man
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

To the others yourself.
The only way that could not have happened is if you showered, changed clothes and dipped your feet in a virkon solution and I, m thinking you didn't do all that.
It's a very transferrible infection unfortunately.
It's entirely up to you what you do but I think it's wishful thinking to hope you can keep any of those birds without them carrying that infection on and infecting whatever you breed or other birds you might buy in, plus whatever hatching eggs you might sell.

nama-man
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Ok. Thanks a lot for this information. @nama-man do you mind me asking if this is information that you have read or if you actually experienced this.

craigmartin
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

It from experience of nearly 35 years keeping birds 👍

nama-man
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021


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