Now, I am noticing behaviors in one of my baby chick's that leads me to believe she too is blind. She is always the last one out of the coop. Sbe cautiously runs towards the other chicks. She is constantly getting left behind. I am finding her crying behind the playhouse, in a corner of the coop, in the walkway/coop if left behind, behind the feed bucket, or behind the water or feeder. She will not roost like the others and always pecks around until she finds the feed or water. What ultimately leads me to believe she is blind is that she does not see me reaching for her.
I asked a friend of mine and she says a blind chicken is rare and having two is very rare. Am I overreacting? Are these normal behaviors? Anyone else have experience in this area? I do not want to cull her. She is learning the ropes and I think she will do fine.
I should add that she has a blue dot in the center of each eye-- no other signs or symptoms. She eats and drinks once she finds it. She is small, but not sickly looking. Her crop looks good, she is mostly feathered ( tiny bit of fuzz on neck) and overall looks healthy. Could she be sick although she has no other symptoms? None of the others seem to be sick or have this issue. I never had a pecking problem and their was never visible trauma to the eyes. Thank you for your answers.