Flame has a problem

For the last few days Flame was spending the days with her eyes closed. She was sitting with her head under her wing which is unusual for her and her eyes closed or she was sitting or even standing with her eyes closed.

It looked as if she just couldn’t keep her eyes open. I thought at first that she was just really feeling her age and then I started to think maybe she was getting to the end of her life.

But she looks great and has a red comb. She laid an egg both yesterday and the day before. She had a dust bath yesterday but even then had her eyes closed.

She also had her eyes closed when she was in the corner of the shed laying her egg.

Flame is also eating, drinking, going to the grit and having the treats.

Then when she was face on to us we realised that she had one eye open and one eye shut. It wasn’t that she couldn’t keep her eyes open it was that she had a problem with one eye. It is her right eye which had been facing us most of the time. She had her right eye closed and the other eye open.

When Flame did open her right eye I couldn’t see anything wrong with it but it was obviously really bothering her.

I googled the problem but just kept finding questions such as is it weeping and is it cloudy and nothing helpful to do for it. When Flame does open her right eye I can’t see anything wrong with it. I can only conclude that she must have scratched it.

Flame with her head under her wing and her eyes closed
Flame in the corner of the shed getting ready to lay her egg with her eye closed
Flame with her right eye closed but her left eye open
Flame’s right eye when open

This has been three days now. I don’t think there is anything we can do to help her. I think we have to wait and see what happens.

I really hope that it will get better on it’s own in time. It is obviously making Flame feel out of sorts as she has had her head under her wing and sometimes she has perched in the chicken shed.

Flame is always the first to go in at the end of the day but is going in earlier than usual. I really hopes this gets better soon. I feel so sorry for her and so helpless.

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8 Responses to Flame has a problem

  1. Marion Pharo says:

    Maybe you could get some drops for her eye,that would heal it.

    • Carol says:

      I did consider that but it would be very difficult and stressful for her to try to get them in her eye and even more difficult if she kept her eye shut. It is day four today and she is in the corner of the chicken shed ready to lay her egg. I have checked on her several times and she has her right eye open whereas it was closed when she last laid. I am hoping that it is on the mend. I will be closely monitoring her. There is always something isn’t there!

  2. Sophie says:

    How about just washing it with some saltwater? I do hope she’s better soon.

    • Carol says:

      Flame has now laid her egg and is having a dust bath. Her right eye is open most of the time whereas before it was closed most of the time so I think she has turned a corner. I am reluctant to mess with her now so I think I will just leave her as she seems to have improved today.

  3. Marion Pharo says:

    That is good news.

    • Carol says:

      I thought it was getting better but today her eye is closed again most of the time. She is now sitting with her head under her wing. I don’t know what to do. I think I need to take her to the vet.

  4. David says:

    I suspect that might be the best thing, Carol – you’ve given it time. On the positive side, it’s not an egg-laying problem.

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