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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We've been nursing a now 1 week old chick that arrived in

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We've been nursing a now 1 week old chick that arrived in mail with a shut/swollen left eye. Right eye appears normal. Two days ago we began to isolate her part time from other chicks so she would not get pecked and administered VetRx and coconut oil. The eye seems to have a film and remains swollen. She eats and drinks ok, but not sure if we are treating the eye properly...Any suggestions?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. What you're doing is reasonable but if there's an infectious etilology to her shut/swollen eye, you should see a better response to a broad spectrum ophthalmic antibiotic such as Terramycin administered at a "dab" of ointment thrice daily for a minimum of 10 days. Have you been able to part her lids and take a good look at the globe of the eye? We need to know that it's intact and not lacerated or otherwise traumatized.

Terramycin ophthalmic ointment is available in many pet/feed stores or online such as here:

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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