Treating a Rooster with an Eye Injury

Treating a Rooster with an Eye Injury
His good eye.


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 a Rooster with an Eye Injury
The day after the injury it became obvious that he needed attention. You can see from this photo that the injured eye is oozing pus.

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.

Treating a Rooster With an Injured Eye - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre
After several days of treatment, his eye appears to be fully healed.

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.

I hope you have found this post useful. Thanks for reading!

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