Hi Everyone, I didn't know exactly where to post this, but I thought that this might relate with 'chicken behaviors'. I just realized today that my one year old Buff Orpington hen is deaf! Has anyone ever had a deaf chicken before? I can't remember what it was that made me think maybe she can't hear- maybe it was because she was always the last one to come when called. I decided to test it today, so several times I made loud noises, or called the group of chickens over only to notice that she never raised her head until she saw the others do so. All this makes sense with her past behaviors. For one, I noticed since she was a chick, that her voice is funny. She sounds as though she has a sore throat all the time, or she sounds as though she is a duck rather than a chicken. It just sounds off, or hoarse and loud. I thought perhaps this was due to her big size, but now it makes sense that if she is deaf, she cannot hear herself or the others. She has always been a very nervous chicken. I had before attributed this to an attack from a crow that happened when they were all very young. All of them survived, but while the others hid into deep shelter, she was the only one left standing there stiff as a board and not moving a muscle, eyes wide open, terrified. Ever since then, she seemed to exhibit extra cautiousness at all times. She is also the only one that when in the coop at dusk will continuously make the 'warning call' sound that all chickens do if she sees any movement at all. She is always very nervous at bedtime it seems... and now I think I know why... Chickens have bad night vision and she must feel as though she is now loosing the one function that she relies on solely for her protection... sight! It must be really scary for her! She is the only chicken I have that is somewhat aggressive- which only happens at times like when she is in a place that is dimly lit. She would always peck at me at night if I came close, but she never does this to me during the day. (She loves to be held and does not run away from me) I would suppose this is because when it is dark, she can't see OR hear me to be sure that it is really me. Poor chicken!!! So, I'm just wondering if any of you had ever had a deaf chicken before? I don't think there is anything else I can do for her, but I am a bit sad knowing that this could make her vulnerable to predators... or cars! I let them freerange, but perhaps I will have to get a poultry dog or something for extra protection.