blind pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenjazz, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. chickenjazz

    chickenjazz New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    I have 5 pullets that are 8 weeks old, and I just figured out that one of them might be blind. Ella has always let people go right up to her and pick her up, even strangers. I have just started letting the girls go outside in the yard. The others peck and scratch and roll in the dust, but Ella just stands in pretty much one place and squawks. She has always been the slow chick, but yesterday I went right up to her and poked my fingers an inch from her eyes (NOT something I would normally do) and she didn't flinch at all! So, why is my chicken blind? She eats and drinks normally and has grown as much as the others (I got them when they were a few days old). When she's in the coop, or when she was in the brooder as a chick, she was fine, but I guess being outdoors just freaks her out.

    So:
    1. Is she sick with something contagious?
    2. Can chickens be congenitally blind?
    3. Is it OK to eat her eggs?

    I'm new to chicken raising. Thank you for any advice you can offer!
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2009
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    What breed is she? have pic?
     

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