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I have a chicken with what I thought was eye worms, but I

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I have a chicken with what I thought was eye worms, but I have been treating her with VetRx for almost a week, and she is still itching so much her poor face is bruised. in the morning her eye is closed up. I'm wondering now if she even had an eye worm. There is no swelling and very little fluid coming out of her eye. any suggestions?

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Liette, eye worms (Oxyspirura) are reported only infrequently in backyard poultry. You should be able to see them with the naked eye or an avian vet (please see here: can look for the worm eggs in her feces. They don't respond to Vet-Rx and so I usually remove them manually with a dry cotton tip applicator or dose the chicken with ivermectin which has shown efficacy in treatment of eyeworms in these birds. I need to also consider trauma, foreign body, or an infectious conjunctivitis which might respond to the over the counter antibiotic ophthalmic ointment Terrramycin available in many pet/feed stores or online such as here:

If an infectious conjunctivitis is associated with infraorbital sinus infection, it's best to treat with a systemic antibiotic such as tylosin in the form of Tylan-50 available in many feed stores or online and dosed at 20-30 mg/lb daily injected intramuscularly into the breast muscle for 5-7 days. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Hi Liette,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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