Chicken Needs Glasses :O

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Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« on: July 10, 2010, 11:14 »
My little girl the one who has been missing, and bullied and was the first to lay, has suddenly got 2 cloudy pupils, like u see in a dog when it goes blind. I took her to the vet yesterday who wasnt too sure onwhat it was but she assumes its cataracts, she will be calling me back on monday after talking to a specialist, i was wondering if any1 else had the same thing ? shes the only 1 who has it, she;s almost always on her own, doesnt rush around for treats such as rice or bread or even corn occasonally, even if i put it infront of her ?

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 13:49 »
How does she stand? Does she have a wing drooping? Has she lost weight? How old is she? Please get your vets to check for Mareks which is a herpes virus infection.
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 16:52 »
she stands ok, her wing isnt drooping, she hasnt lost any weight and shes only 20 - 21wks old, laying fine, in good health minus the eyes, i took her to the vets yesterday their not too sure either really, they think she might have cataracts, but their going to speak to the specialist on monday and let me know what they think i will bring it up with them on monday.

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010, 16:58 »
Pictures attatched, not very good cuz she wouldnt keep her head still


« Last Edit: July 10, 2010, 17:09 by BlackRockLovers »

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010, 19:27 »
still worth mentioning it to the vet just in case.

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010, 20:18 »
Cataracts wouldn't develop suddenly I wuldn't have thought. They take years in humans and are a condition of aging predominately. It sounds much more like she has an infection.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010, 14:18 »
any infections come to mind Kate?, ive searched high and low on the net  :( not found much ?, the only one ive heard of is the one Joyfull mentioned.  :wacko:

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010, 15:06 »
there are hundreds of bacterial infections that animals can get.  I had two chickens that got eye infections because they don't perch and as their heads were so close to the bedding (they are sablepoot bantams) the bedding infected their eyes. Several courses of antibiotics, then eye swabs were taken and antibacterial eye drops were prescribed. Now they sleep on a slatted floor so no bedding gets near their heads and no more problems.

My  suggestion is just that a suggestion for the vet to consider as there are several forms of Mareks - one of which the Chronic form is encountered as the neural or the ocular type. Hopefully it isn't this but the vet should be able to rule this out.

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010, 15:07 »
okey dokey will let her know on monday, the chicken and bird specialist comes in then XD

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010, 15:12 »
get them to take swabs like my vet did (the results only took a few days) and then mine had eye drops which I found re-markedly easy to administer (a lot easier than putting eye drops in my sons eyes when he had conjunctivitis anyway  :lol:). The eye drops I had prescribed were a human medication for ear infections but luckily they worked  :wacko: :lol:.
Good luck tomorrow and fingers crossed. Keep us posted please.
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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2010, 15:16 »
will do :) and thanks for your help ;)

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2010, 18:07 »
Hi , I read this post with interest when you mentioned a drooping wing, I have one girl who is just over a year old, she seems perfectly fine and healthy, nice red comb and wattle, eats well realy bright in herself exept she has one wing which has started to droop down. She can fly up onto the garden table OK I have felt the joint and she doesn`t flinch and both joints on iether side feel the same , she just lets it drop a little not all the way to the ground but just a little then lifts it up and slowly drops it !I did wonder if she has just fallen badly or been in a fight its been like this for about two weeks, any ideas ? all our other ladies are OK ( except the two broody ones driving me nuts !!!!! ).........Shirley

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2010, 22:31 »
If it is an infection then it appears to be behind the conjuctival membrane so unlikely to respond to topical antibiotic drops or cream. Also the eyes don't appear to have a discharge (although it is difficult to assess from photos)
I would also be concerned about Marek's- has she been vaccinated?

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2010, 00:27 »
she doenst have any discharge no, from what i know she has and from what i remember they were all vaccinated, i got them at 10wks old.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2010, 12:12 by Aunt Sally »

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Re: Chicken Needs Glasses :O
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2010, 08:29 »
vaccinations do not mean that the chicken will not get the illness, but they will not get it too bad (i.e. they should not develop the tumours). However with the Mareks vaccine there is a timescale in which the vaccine must be used and this is around the 1 hour mark from first opening the vaccine.
Get the swabs done today and hopefully you will soon know one way or another - fingers crossed.



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