Treating a Rooster With an Eye Injury
My rooster sustained an eye injury that needed treatment. I used a simple homemade remedy to cleanse the eye and speed the healing process. You can make this remedy with inexpensive ingredients you have in your kitchen cupboard.
Roosters Will Fight
I recently brought home two handsome roosters that needed a new home. You can read more about them in my post A Tale of Two Roosters. They had been raised together but soon started fighting over the flock of hens. The large rooster attacked the smaller one and pecked his eye. I couldn’t tell how bad the eye injury was at first.
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Treating An Eye Injury
The first day his eye didn’t look serious. It was closed, but there was no blood or drainage. I separated him from the flock and gave him food and water.
The second day it became obvious that I would need to treat the rooster’s eye injury. I sent my assistant (my son Joe) in to retrieve warm saline solution and a bulb syringe. I held the little brown rooster firmly in my arms and held the injured eye open while Joe gently squirted the warm salt water over the injured cornea.
The following day I was able to take care of the procedure by myself and I noticed that the pus was gone and the eye looked much better.
On the third day the eye looked almost back to normal and I decided to give the guy a break. He is a very nervous, flighty little rooster and each time I catch him he squawks like I’m killing him.
Mixing a Simple Saline Solution to Treat a Minor Injury
I mixed together 1 cup of warm water to 1/2 tsp iodized salt as a cleansing solution for his wounded eye. I think in the future I would reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp to prevent causing a stinging sensation for the injured bird.
Salt water is an inexpensive topical treatment for minor injuries. I have never used it on serious injuries in my flock. When a chicken sustains a serious injury, I put it down in the same manner as I do when butchering…by decapitating it swiftly with an ax.
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