Hope that I'm posting this in the appropriate section. I browse the forums frequently but don't post all that much.
I really need some advice. We recently rescued a blind chicken from a pretty bad environment. We were told it was a hen about five months of age. We believe it is an EE. We set her up in a large cage with a number of bowls just so she could always find food and water. Our intention was to get her healthy and comfortable enough to introduce her to our beloved Faverolle thinking she would make a good companion. We've had her for about a month now and despite her aversion to being touched or handled, she has been doing well.
Well, the worst thing that could have happened has happened. HE started crowing the other day. We were shocked and disappointed as we just cannot keep a rooster due to the thickly settled neighborhood we live in. We have asked a few people we know who know something about chickens and we were told that the chances of rehoming him didn't look good, that it is difficult enough to rehome a rooster in our area let alone a blind rooster. Someone else suggested that we euthanize him as he will never be happy due to his inability to breed and hold his own in a flock.
Now we don't know what to do. We understand that it's going to be a tough sell but we would love to try and find him someone who would be willing to keep him as a pet in a stable and safe environment, but is that even reasonable? Are there people out there who would be willing to invest the time and the patience in caring for a young, blind rooster? And is that even the best thing for him? Is it true that he will be miserable because he can't do the things a sighted rooster, or a sighted hen for that matter, can?
Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. While we really don't know what to do for him, we do know that we want to do the best thing for him.