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One of my chooks has developed swelling around only one of her eyes. It has been there for around 12 days now.

Here is a summary of info that I think could be pertinent (or at least these are things I think I would wonder about if someone was asking me for advice about a sick chicken)

1) What type of bird , age and weight
approx 2 year old RIR pullet, approx 4.5lbs. She is lighter than my other hen, MAY have lost weight in the past few days

2) What is the behavior, exactly.
Only noticed change in behavior is that she tries to scratch her head/eye/cheek sometimes

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
about 12 days

4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
No symptoms on other birds (I only have one other hen and a rooster)

5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
No signs of trauma that I have noticed

6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
I do not know the cause (that's why I'm asking, right ;) )

7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
She seems to be eating and drinking normally. Pellet food and foraged food, some scratch grains. Drinking well water from waterer along with whatever water she finds from rain/snow

8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Looks normal

9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
Topical neosporin ointment on eye and surrounding area, I have also put some antibiotic in her water, but she can get plenty of water from rain and snow, so not drinking much of the medicated water

10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
I want to help her heal on her own. Whatever treatments I can administer

11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
See pics attached (one of good side, 1 of bad side)

12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
coop has PDZ under roosts, straw in nesting boxes. Chooks are allowed to semi-free-range during daytimes in my fenced grass yard, but also go under a deck where the ground has been covered with a layer of gravel.

Please help me help my baby with her eye problem, or advise me where I can go to get more information or advice (I also posted on, but go NO response there)

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Facial swelling can be certain respiratory viruses like mycoplasma and infectious coryza to say a few. They aren't curable to the best of my knowledge and usually infect the whole flock for life. But they aren't usually mortal diseases. If the hen's eating and drinking otherwise acting normal, her immune system will cope with it on its own.

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Thanks for all the replies, and @altair , I agree it would usually infect the rest of the flock.

She seems to be the only one with this problem, and maybe it is not really much of a problem to her... (only the occasional scratching at it, that seems to be decreasing in frequency)

Anyway, I guess I'll just monitor and see if it starts to get better without any further intervention.
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