Originally Posted by stake
Put my last 4 from the brooder outside last night. What a relief to get them out of the house....well they were getting a bit of hazing from the other youngin's....
and, one of my 13wk OE roos has a vision problem....pretty much can't see beyond a couple of feet....I'm OK with him hanging out...and he prefers hanging out in the pen....so does anybody have any experience with vision impaired chooks?
Yes, my albinos are vision impaired, can't see much unless it's a few *inches* from their face. What has worked for them is keeping the feed in the exact same spot all the time. Either that, or feed her separate everyday to make sure she's eating. As for treats, what has helped Allie and Bino with their aim is gradually decreasing treat size over time. Start with watermelon, then decrease to a smaller piece of watermelon, then strawberries, then grapes, and then blueberries (just an example, you can use whatever obviously). Lately, Bino has been able to pick ants off of the run walls.
Another thing with my experience is, Allie (the worse of the two, her eyes are redder) has to 'feel' everything with her beak. She'll walk up to the food or water and peck outwards until she hits some part of something and then 'feels' downward with her beak until she hits the water. Then she just pecks and stabs at the water and tilts her head up to drink.
So, there's obviously varying degrees of vision impairment and you just have to find what works best for your little guy.