Blind Chicken?????


In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 30, 2011
Elk Grove CA
I think I may have a blind ( or at least visually impared )chicken.....

I am a first time chicken guy, I got the girls from a feed store locally about five months ago. After about two weeks, it was clear that one was a runt. She grew much more slowly than the rest, but did manage to grow. She now has finally cought up to the rest in size.
Her eyes do appear normal when I compare them to the other chickens....

Here are the odd things I have noticed about her:
She has no reaction to visual stimuli..I can quickly motion at her face with my hand, and get zero reaction. This same motion at any other chicken gets a flinch response. She doesn't react at all.
She also never will leave the run to scratch in the garden.
I can hold crickets and meal worms in front of her and she just sits there, no reaction...BUT..If I hold a bowl of them in front of her and push her beak into it, she will eat like crazy.
Finally...She has a sort of parkinsins type of shake to her.

Beyond this odd stuff, ahe seems to do okay. The other girls bont bother her, and she does seem to eat and drink enough to get by.
Any thoughts...

Thanks everyone....Jim


9 Years
Dec 22, 2010
I had a blind chicken and as long as she had a buddy who showed her where the water and food was she was fine. Once her buddy died she deteriorated and I put her down


9 Years
Mar 24, 2010
Hollis, New Hampshire
i have a blind girl, but she's a house bird and she lives primarly in a smallish approx. 1 1/2 X 3 1/2 foot rabbit cage so she knows where everything is in it. i hope someone chimes in with some more information if you don't want to go the route i took with mine.
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