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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:37 am 
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Location: Wyndham Vale, Vic.
Age:3 years
Breed:bantam wyandotte
Sex:hen

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

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER:She has one eye continually closed, no swelling, no discharge from beak. She seems to be constantly opening and shutting her beak. Not joining in with the other 2 hens.

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:Barastoc Darling Downs layer complete feed, plus they freerange all day. fruit scraps, sunflower seeds, corn occasionally.


Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: ? have yet to observe.

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER:No

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: pretends to eat I think,

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER:

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
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Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER:

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: every 6 months

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER: April?

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER: avitrol plus, tablet

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER: not sure?

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER:
No
Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER:
None
Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:41 am 
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Start by giving the eye a warm saline flush. Sometimes they are just glued together.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:48 am 
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Thanks Sue, I'll try the saline suggestion. I can move the lid so I know it's not stuck. Do you know if brushing up against stinging nettles will do this, I know they are in the yard as I've just removed a lot of them?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:30 pm 
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I have stinging nettles and not had a chook problem with them. Apparently they are good chook food but mine won't go near them fresh. Sometimes I get organised enough to dry them and break them up into the scratch mix.
If the eye is not stuck together all you can really do is watch for any changes - hopefully it is just a temporary irritation.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:34 pm 
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http://gallery.backyardpoultry.com/eye- ... d-eye.html
This is what it looks like now, and I think the other eye is thinking about joining in. I will keep trying the saline baths, but I'm pretty sure she's not eating.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:09 pm 
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She doesn't look good. The vet is your best option - she probably needs antibiotics (don't waste your money or her time with over the counter ones)


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