abcess in front of eye

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abcess in front of eye

Postby ticinnz » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:26 pm

Hi all , I relatively new to keeping hens and this is the first major problem I've encountered.
Our Barnavelder has a massive inflammation in front of her right eye looks full of puss and is maybe leaking from her eye.
Does anyone know what this is , how serious and how to treat?
Thanks
Chris
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Re: abcess in front of eye

Postby Marina » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:59 pm

Hi ticinnz and welcome to PC. What a sad occasion for your first post :cry:

How is your hen? Is she her usual self, eating and drinking well?

Chooks are surprisingly resilient and many injuries and abscesses heal up by themselves. The best thing to provide her with is peace and quiet so that the other hens don't start to peck her (to them it looks interesting).

Abscesses can be cleaned out with salt water but close to the eye that would hurt too much I reckon.

An abscess is something where a vet could help with antibiotics but that's up to you. I don't consult a doctor myself if I have an injury that's not too scary and my chooks are no better off than me.

If your hen is not her usual self and sitting a lot, not eating, closing her eyes - then she may have developed a systemic infection which is likely to need to be treated with antibiotics - or she should be put out of her misery. Just be aware that chooks hide their health problems for as long as they can and when they act sick they are very unwell indeed and treatment may come too late.

Please don't be upset if taking her to the vet is not an option for you. If she's still acting normally she has a good chance to come right by herself and if she's acting sick it's probably too late already.
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Re: abcess in front of eye

Postby ticinnz » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:16 pm

Hey , bit of a bummer for my first post , no she's happy eating and drinking as normal behaving naturally, not sitting any more than usual ,free ranging with the others and hasn't lost her place in the flock either. She also doesn't flinch when touched around the area , and also doesn't seem to be in discomort
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Re: abcess in front of eye

Postby Marina » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:13 pm

In this case I'd leave her to it then. If it's only in one eye it shouldn't be contagious (there are viral and bacterial infections that can cause a discharge from nose and eyes but that would be in both eyes, not just one).

I hope she'll get better soon.
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