Care for a blind chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by asopos, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. asopos

    asopos In the Brooder

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    My chicken lost one of her eyes recently (yesterday) and the other is in a pretty bad situation so she is blind in both eyes . An eye doctor gave us an eye drop to prevent infection and she isn't doing much she just turned around a little and maybe walked forward 8-10 steps I could get her to eat just a little and then she spiller her food. Even though I put her food right in front of her she couldn't find it and she isn't drinking either. We are thinking to tube feed her if the vet says she could do it . I can't put her down so please help. Any advices for how to care for a blind chicken
     
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  2. Eggcessive

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    She will probably do well in a pen or crate near her food and water. Try putting woter in a small amount of her feed daily in a bowl, so that she can get enough in an easier manner. Wash the contents out daily, so there is no mold. Then use some normal dry food and water separate when she gets use to her surrounding. She may see well enough to get around in her usual coop. I had a polish hen who lived for several years with only one good eye, and she was fearfull and got lost occasionally. Roosters could be mean to her and injure her since she was fearful. You could also look for someone who might like a pet hen who has a handicap that might want her. Good luck.
     
  3. asopos

    asopos In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much !
     
  4. jsr5

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    Did a google search for this and of course it was already here should have just started at BYC I have a little rooster (call him microroo) building him a micro rooery :p and was looking for advice. He is really small for his age mostlikely from not getting as much food and water when little and I didn't realize he was blind yet. He's another I should have put down but I have trouble putting down a critter that is still fighting for life and not in pain. Anyway he also likes small familliar space other birds around him freaks him out and he is a target among chickens and roo's his own age because of that. I'm not sure if he is absolutely toatally blind I think he does get some light and maybe colors my idea is to keep his food and water on the bright end of his apartment and to make the feeder and waterer very brightly colored. Not sure if the colors will help but they won't hurt. He is such a sweetheart and a cuddle bug I want him to be as comfy as I can make him. Maybe when he matures he will get more brave and can atleast give him a flatmate. As he seems to both crave a flock and get freaked out by jostling. Poor guy I gotta quit getting attached to all these runts and handicapped I don't have space for all the individual living spaces.
     
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    I have a blind salmon faverolle hen her name is Sassafras she developed cataracts in both eyes around 6 months old (she is now 16 months old) and doing well. She has learned the layout of the coop and even hops up onto a milk crate I put in for her. She pecks at the air to find her way. I do have a separate outside pen for her since she doesn't tend to go outside the coop where she can't see to get in and out of the door. Here is a pic of her and one of my roosters (who also has mobility issues) in their pen.
     

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