Poland chickens suffering from swollen shut eyes.

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Fransoire

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Poland chickens suffering from swollen shut eyes.
« on: January 05, 2010, 18:45 »
Hi i have got a range of poland chickens and have had for a few years. However with how the weather has been i'm having trouble with their crests, as they appear to be affecting their eyes. 2 of them have their eyes shut and cannot open them and one has just the one eye, but their crest are in a mess.
i have been bathing them with salt water, but wondered does any one have any advice on what i can do to make them more comfortable. I have trimmed the crests back so that they are not afffecting their vision, but fear they will not be getting food. I have been feeding them as much as i can but when i am not arund they cannot see their water.
any advice??

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Foxy

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Re: Poland chickens suffering from swollen shut eyes.
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 20:58 »
If you have trimmed their crests and their eyes are still gummed up, it might be worth using an antibiotic ointment on them, or oral antibiotics plus an ointment to help hydrate and keep their eyes moist and comfortable.
They could either have an irritation causes by the weather and the problem with their crests becoming frozen, infection or both.

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IMOmimey

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Re: Poland chickens suffering from swollen shut eyes.
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 23:26 »
you can tie their crests up in a bow, Some breeders do this prior to a show.

It is really important to keep this breed in particular DRY and free from drafts. Once they get very wet, they seem to go downhill very fast. Are they coughing or sneezing at all? Are their nostrils clear? I agree that using something like chloramphenicol eye drops/brolene eye ointment may help, but it might be a bit late for just this, and a systemic antibiotic from the vet may be indicated.

Above all, keep them dry and warm, maybe wrap their run in polythene or lay some spare wood across the top. Sorry, it is difficult to suggest without knowing more.
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Re: Poland chickens suffering from swollen shut eyes.
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 07:55 »
they are prone to eye infections, you may need a course of antibiotics.............. ;)


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