I recently purchased 13 chicks from a local hardware store. Upon checking out they offered us an "odd ball" chick. The chick's fellow brooder mates were pecking at its eye. The sales person noticed the bullying and quickly separated the chick. We have kept "Patchy" separated (in a cardboard box inside the brooder) but were wondering when to release it into the flock.
Aside from the eye Patchy seems healthy and energetic. Her eye has developed a film over top -- Is this normal? I have attached a picture. How can I aid in the chick's recovery or should I leave the eye alone?