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Poultry and Pets => The Hen House => Topic started by: pepsi100 on December 15, 2013, 22:27

Title: going blind
Post by: pepsi100 on December 15, 2013, 22:27
I went out to check on my hens, I found one of them under walkway they use to get in and out of the hen house
She has both eyes closed and sort of puss coming from them, I have wiped it off, her eyes are there, its just I have no idea what this puss is or what is wrong with her
I dont know if this picture will help
I have bought her in for the night
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: joyfull on December 16, 2013, 06:02
I would get her to a vets - she may need antibiotics or eye drops.
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: pepsi100 on December 16, 2013, 08:40
Any idea what it is or caused it ?
She cant see the feed and is wobbly on her legs
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: barley on December 16, 2013, 17:42
pepsi that looks very much like a mycoplasma infection

I have a hen suffers with it ( thankfully not to bad ) the puss is a mucus

It can be very contagious and spread to other birds - my birds are all fully vaccinated and I have been fortunate that it did not spread

get her to the vets ASAP - he will give you antibiotics and eye gel ,  ask for ceva  santé animals clinagel vet 4 eye gel - not all vets will offer you the eye gel so ask for it

my vet told me the sooner it's treated the more chance there is of containing it

it may pay you to quarantine her to avoid it spreading 

I use optrex and a cotton wool ball to clean my hens eyes if they get to mucky , just lately it seems much better for her , she has had it since 10 weeks old , she is now 2 years old but does not lay any more - other wise she seems fine in her self

here's some advice from the web
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: pepsi100 on December 16, 2013, 18:34
I quarantined her as soon as I saw the puss around her eyes, I used optrex and a paper towel to clean it up, but as fast as I cleaned it, it was back an hour later

The vet said she could be given anti biotics, but she would never be clear of it and she could stil pass it on to other hens, well she has had this injection, but is still very listless and not eating or drinking

He never had any of the eye drops or gel

So its a case of seeing how she is overnight
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: barley on December 16, 2013, 18:47
it  looks like it is quite a nasty infection of it

some birds have a better immune system than others and may not suffer with it as bad as others

your vet is right - once they have it they have it for life

mine has had it worse some days than others but as I said just lately she seems quite clear of the mucus and nasal swelling - she still sneezes a bit but defiantly has improved

she has had it well over a year - she only had antibiotics when it started up but I do keep the eye gel in all the time and use it to help ease it if it flairs up - so I suppose you will just have to wait and see if your bird improves  it may take quite a while though

plenty of TLC  needed xx
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: Prod on December 20, 2013, 19:45
It could be infectious sinusitis   I lost 6 birds in the summer  with it despite antibiotics etc and I think I posted a pic  if you want to search :unsure: :unsure:
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: pepsi100 on December 20, 2013, 19:50
The antibiotics never worked, she threw a fit during the night and died

I heard a rustling in the box and she was twitching and jerking, then just went still

I have been checking on my other hens, so far no running beaks or eye infections

Is there anything I could give them as a preventative ?
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: grinling on December 20, 2013, 20:44
Might I suggest to deep clean and disinfect the house and ground in their run. If anything on the ground then dispose as well. Handle each bird to see if any signs of illness as well as lice. Check house for red mite. Check the birds seem a good weight.
Gungy eyes can mean different illnesses, but does not mean the other birds infected.
Wash your hands before handling each bird.
If you are thinking of adding to the flock I would leave until spring and quarantine for at least 2 weeks.
Sorry about your loss, my BI had a new one who's eyes went gungy a week later. This bird was culled.
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: pepsi100 on December 20, 2013, 21:03
I wont be getting any new birds until March at the earliest, maybe May

I disinfect the hen house every weekend, with jeyes fluid, walls, floor, ceiling

I have trays for their poo, they get cleaned and washed daily

Havent seen any more looking listless and doping off, quite the opposite, full of live and running about

They get pellets every day, fresh water, a cauliflower every day and a lettuce every other day and a cabbage when I can find a decent one  ;)
Title: Re: going blind
Post by: barley on December 20, 2013, 22:24
sorry to hear that pepsi

I've been keeping chooks for 10 years now and still things come along that I've not seen before

its challenging keeping chooks but rewarding too