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What's wrong with My D'Uccle's eyes?

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Goatgirl47, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Sep 4, 2015
    Goatgirl47

    Goatgirl47 Loving the herd life

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    I just noticed that the area around one of my D'Uccles' eyes is watery and swollen. She is acting normal, and I gave her some (homemade) plain yogurt mixed with apple cider vinegar (this has helped previously when one of my chickens had a similar problems), and she ate a tiny bit, but not much. I can post pictures if that would help.

    Is there any other natural way to help her? What's wrong with her? I can post pictures if that would help. I hope she will be alright, she is still raising her 3 month-old chick, and is a very sweet chicken.


    Thanks!
     
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    I won't be able to help without photos, but you have a great treatment start
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    Did she injure it? Are your birds on cedar shavings? If they are on cedar that could be it.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but typically when you have a bird that watery eyes and has a swollen face it is a disease.

    The most common is Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG). Most poultry owners say its a just a "cold". Truth is chickens can't just catch a cold, it is a disease. MG is in over 80% of backyard and exhibition flocks. You can have carriers that don't show symptoms, so just because your chickens look healthy doesn't mean they don't have it. Very few (less then 5 in the country) backyard/show poultry breeders test regularly for this disease because its simply everywhere. Once your birds have it they have it for life. Many will argue that it is even possible for one to have a MG free flock. Many also say its no big deal.

    You will usually see a MG outbreak when your birds have gone through something stressful. It could be from introducing new birds, new building, weather change,a show etc etc.

    Check out this link below-
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
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    It doesn't look like she injured it, and there are wood chips (I don't know what kind of wood chips they are as we got them for free from a wooden chipper in town) on the floor of the coop. It might have some cedar in it. Is it ok to eat their eggs and meat if they have MG? Mia is looking a lot better and the bubbles are gone from her eyes, and they aren't as watery as before. Her left eye is a little worse than her left, and it has a small bump on it right above her eye.

    Here are pictures:
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    babsbag

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    Yes, you can eat the eggs. I am sure I have/had MG in my flock but haven't seen it in years. But the bubbles in the eyes and the swollen eye is something I used to see quite often; maybe all those hens are gone, it has been a long long time. I would always inject them with Tylan 50 and it would clear it up, but they are NOT cured, they are carriers for life.
     
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    Poka_Doodle

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    Okay, I am not the person who likes to do this because I have had troubles, but I think surely BYC people would know more than us even though my main animal are chickens
     
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    The bubbles are back in her eyes, I think its because I forgot to give her ACV and yogurt yesterday evening. :he I will give her some more 3 times today if she is willing to eat it.

    @babsbag we raise broilers every year, and is it ok to eat their meat if they have MG?

    Thank you all so much!
     
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    I beg to differ polka doodle ;)

    I was on BYC many years ago, back when they had the old platform. I left because it had so many crazies and I don't have the time (that may have changed now)

    Our farm has bred over 20 different breeds of chickens and just a few years ago we had over 300 chickens. We fed by the bag....not the scoop ;) We hatched several hundred chicks a year. Oh don't forget the ducks, geese, and turkeys either. I know very much about MG- years ago we went thru testing and were negative. We had a very strict bio security program (and still do) and would do a shock treatment to any hatching eggs we would ship in.

    Honestly, it seems that no one on byc knows poultry diseases. Of course they know about the big diseases but what about the nitty gritty stuff? Most will say its just a cold, no big deal, it just happens. But these are the same folks are truly not educated about the illness itself.

    IOW I am not a novice but I'm not a know it all either.

    We have now downsized to only about 100 chickens with a few geese and turkeys, along with a duck.
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    To the op,

    It's hard for me see on this iPad but does it look like fowl pox? I can't tell if she has a wart or if it's a feather.

    Also if you are ever suspect of something going on get that bird in isolation asap!
     
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