My one chicken, Helen, has been blind since birth (well hatching really). I've been wondering what is going on with her, so I volunteered her for a vet student ophthamology lab. She needs to be there for 3 hours, and will probably get multiple exams, one by a licensed veterinary ophthamologist. For a little blind chicken, I'm guessing this will be stressful (although she really likes people, and isn't very bright). Would it be best to take a friend with her? The friend I could take would definitely be stressed by this, although she wouldn't be handled as much. Both Helen and her friend are about 6 months old. Should I take food and water for them? I doubt Helen would find the water, but she might figure out food. I'm guessing they'd be too stressed to eat. She/they would be in a large pet carrier, should I cover them to make it dark when they aren't being used, or is that too confusing for them. Do chickens tend to tolerate this better than I'm thinking? This will be good for Helen, especially since it is possible that there may be ways to help her. I just don't want to kill her from stress in the process. Thanks for any help or ideas.