Can we have a picture? Maybe she just has her eyes closed? I had one that hatched last night and just laid around with her eyes closed all night. This morning she was walking around and looking at me just fine.
I will try and get some pictures but I don't want to open the bator again because I still have some hatching.
Oh the eyes are not there!! They aren't just closed. You no how you can see the black area were the eye usually is, well
she/he doesnt have it at all. I pulled the feathers back to get a really good look and I couldn't see anything!! Hopefully you are
right but I don't think so. This is day 2 and no change.
I have heard of people raising blind chicks before- and I currently have a blind duckling that manages very well in the brooder so far. He uses his beak and feet to find his way around. he talks to the others- and walks in their direction when he hears them eat or drink.
The think to consider about this one is- if it is missing its eyes-- there may be other deformities that are currently not visable- or are internal. If you choose to keep it- it will most likely make a wonderful pet- but may need to be housed separate to others for its own safety and protection.
Wait until you have a chance to thoroughly examine it outside of the incubator. It's possible the eyelids are fused together or some other minor problem you aren't seeing accurately. I've raised a blind duck, rooster, horse and dog at different points and will testify that it can be done. Please update on the baby's condition.
I have a little blind hen that does just fine. She lays an egg every day, does her little dance and her little roo tells her were things are. I have her seperated from the others with just her and him, but she seems very happy......