Can a chicken be deaf???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by toshellys_place, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. toshellys_place

    toshellys_place New Egg

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    I recently made a trade with a friend. I took her two Golden Polish to join my one lonely Golden Polish. Here's the thing; one of hers is either dumber than a box of rocks (no offence to Golden Polish lovers) or is, perhaps, deaf? I know they can't see well, but on day 3 I thought they were pretty well integrated with the flock, and I let her free-range. Huge mistake, she wandered three houses (acres) down. Last night I didn't close the gate tightly during feeding/watering and she got out with the rest and didn't come back. I couldn't find her last night, but found her this morning, again about 3 acres away. She doesn't seem to catch the cues of the rest of the flock, and since we free range, no fences, I'm concerned about her safety. Any ideas???
    Thanks in advance for any insight or help [​IMG].
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Yes its possible that she may be deaf. But, she's probably just a loaner. Polish are notoriousy 'flighty' and not very flock orientated.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It's possible that after just 3 days she does not recognize that your home is now her home. It is usually recommended that new chickens be kept locked in the coop for about a week, to learn that is home. Maybe she was just lost looking for her former home.

    Imp
     
  4. toshellys_place

    toshellys_place New Egg

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    Quote:Okay...I'll keep that in mind. The other two stick together, though, and roam with the flock so I thought it was interesting that she keeps wandering off.
     
  5. toshellys_place

    toshellys_place New Egg

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    Quote:Ah, thatnks, I didn't know that. Well, I'll leave her in for a bit more and see how she does. I think it's been about a week now, with last night being 3/3 of her NOT hanging with flock and having to be hunted down. I'm seriously concerned she could be taken by a preditor [​IMG].
     
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