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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:05 pm 
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Hi,

I hatched some chicks last week and one of them as had a problem with its right eye since then. Below is the sticky and hopefully some helpfully photos.

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Please answer these brief questions below, so we can help you as soon as possible.

Age: 7-8 days
Breed: Plymouth Rock or perhaps Plymouth Rock / Barnevelder
Sex: too soon to tell

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: Melbourne inner suburbs

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: Only apparent problem is ongoing difficulty with the right eye. It weeps a clear looking liquid that also seems to be sitting in the eye cavity. The eye rims are swollen. On two or three occasions I have gently cleared the eye area with a warm salt & water mix. That seems to clear it up and reduce the swelling but it returns again within about 24 hours. I have been unable to determine if the chick actually has any sight in this eye but I suspect it is, at best, limited. In all other respects the chick appears to be developing normally.

What are you feeding? - Please list everything you're feeding to your birds, including type of basic feed, free ranging, scraps, extras, etc. If possible give approximate percentages.
ANSWER: Medicated chick starter and water with a preventative dose of sulpha dim.


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: Can't tell for this individual chick. There is one chick in the group who I have isolated for likely cocci. No others are showing symptoms.

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: Only the swelling around the eye I mentioned earlier. Nothing respiratory that I can note.

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: None that I can note. Chick seems to be growing and feathering at a normal rate.

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: Wing feathers starting to come in. Weight is consistent with the other chicks.

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: Starting to isolate from the rest of the chicks a little.

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: Less likely to move around than the others, but this is a recent development and I'm not sure if it is a result of reduced vision.

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER: None yet.

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
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2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
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3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
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Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: Sulphadim in the water.

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: In the last two days have changed the housing from a box to an open cage. They are still under heat but there is more airflow and the cage has a raised wire floor so they're out of the droppings. I was partly worried that being on wood shavings in a cardboard box had created dust that irritated the eye.

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
INSERT HERE: Sorry, this isn't very good. I'll try to take another that isn't blurry once they've all warmed up a bit (we just had a power outage here for about half an hour).

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Thanks, Melanie

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:23 pm 
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Hi

Probably best to clean the eye with warm salty water and a soft cloth or tissue - do it as often each day and it seems necessary. It may be a slight conjunctivitis which hopefully will go away as the chicken develops. The fact it is progressing normally is a very good sign.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:36 am 
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Will do, thanks. I didn't know chickens got conjunctivitis but I think that's what it could be. On closer inspection I'm not sure that it's swelling around the eye but clear hardened crust.

I'll see how it goes.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:32 pm 
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Hi Melanie
What are you using for bedding in the brooder?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:40 pm 
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Wood shavings from the stockfeed place. For the past four days they have been in a cage with a raised grill floor sitting above the wood shavings. Prior to that it was a smallish cardboard box and they were directly on the shavings.

I have used this type of shavings a number of times before, but I've never had so many chicks in a brooder at once.

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