Zebra Finch with Swollen Eye
by Zane Doty
Sorry, this is the closest the bird would let me get with my camera.
Hi have two male zebra finches who over the year I have had them have gotten along pretty well. One day while cleaning out the cage I noticed that the more dominant finch had lost feathers around him eye. I thought maybe they were fighting and was told by a friend with the same problem that it was no big deal and that they would stop. So i ignored it.
I came back later and his eye had gotten worse. the feathers surrounding it were completely gone, the eye is swollen shut and water-y and there seems to be an almost crusty substance over it. I don't know what to do. I don't have the money for a vet and that worries me.
Is there anything I can do? Antibiotics? and if I can do something is there anyway to knock the bird out temporarily so that I can get a better look at him and assess the situation better?