My red parrot finch closes one eye ,he eats drinks acts normal but the eye stays mostly closed .I don't know what to do.
Type of Animal: bird
Age: 1 year
nothing , I noticed this morning when I was watching them in the aviary
My name is XX. XX and I would be happy to help you with your question about your finch's eye.
I am relieved to hear he is eating and drinking and otherwise acting normally, but you are correct to worry about him holding the eye closed.
Possible reasons for this problem range widely.
It could be something as simple as a small piece of chaff or a feather in his eye. If that's the case, you can be hopeful his tears and blinking will help flush it loose by the end of the day.
If you have the necessary dexterity and supplies, you could gently grasp him and help this process by flushing his eye with contact lens solution.
However, it's also possible that the problem is more severe. He could have a bacterial or fungal infection in his eye. That would require medicated eye drops to treat.
It's also possible that there is a problem with the sinus or other structures around his eye. Some of these problems can be very difficult to identify and treat.
So, the best recommendation I can make in regards XX XXXX you should do is the following:
1. Continue to monitor him closely so you can be sure he really is eating, drinking and otherwise acting just fine.
2. Watch to see if he solves the problem on his own.
3. Gently restrain and examine and flush his eye, if this is within your comfort level.
4. You may want to consider separating him into a small "hospital cage" to isolate him from the rest of the flock in case this is a contagious problem. It will also allow you to monitor him more closely.
5. Offer him a bath, or spray mist. This may help him clean his eye himself.Beyond that, you will need to seek veterinary care to help him.
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17 years of general small animal practice with an emphasis on avians, hand-raising experience