Zebra Finch with Swollen Eye

by Zane Doty
(Graham, NC,US)

Sorry, this is the closest the bird would let me get with my camera.

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?

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Jun 24, 2014
Your Bird probably has Conjunctivitis
by: Vinnie

I am not a vet but i breed birds and your bird probably has conjunctivitis, which is treated by putting antibiotics in his water and by keeping the cage and perch clean so as not to spread it to any other birds in the cage.
Doxycycline or ethromycin or a tetracycline type of antibiotic should clear this up.

Jan 21, 2010
Finch with swollen eye
by: Tracie

I am so sorry to read about your bird having this problem. I am also sorry to tell you that you do need to take the bird to see an avian vet. Many vets will take payments, just call and ask.

Dr B can not, will not, attempt to treat or prescribe treatment for, birds that he can not examine in person. When birds are sick or injured, he suggests that they see an avian vet asap.

There are several things that could be wrong with your bird and self treating without knowing what you are treating is very dangerous for the bird. You may be treating one thing while the original problem just gets worse. Then by the time you finally take the bird to the vet, the bird could have both the original problem and a complication from your over the counter medications. It just makes it harder for the vet to determine what is really wrong and what the proper treatment is.

Let us know how it goes at the vet.

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