Happy Story of the "Helen" Blind Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenlhake, May 11, 2008.

  1. jenlhake

    jenlhake Hatching

    May 5, 2008
    Well, early last week I wrote a post about a 3 day old chick that I discovered was blind asking for help. I got one response of a women who said to cull it and that she had had a similar experience, but her chick a serve mutation to its head. This chick does not.

    I could not. Yes I love animals, but I thought would I kill a blind cat or a 3 legged dog. I decided I would not and that she would decide if she would want to live or not. I would not let her lay there and starve or suffer, but if she showed the will I was not going to stop it. Boy oh boy does she show the will.

    Anyway, if anyone is interested "Helen" is now 11 days old and thriving along with all of the other chicks. I put their food in a cake pan and made a cardboard ramp to it, yes their pen is ADA accesible, and bought a large (5x10) wooden platter about an inch deep for water. This way is is easy for Helen to find. She now knows her way around.

    I know she will not be able to free range during the day with the rest, but so far they accept her and she pushes them right out of her way. Of course we are assuming she is a hen. Either way even if we have to separate her out we are keeping her and she happily eats meal worm treats while perched on our fingers. I have watched her for hours and animals really are amazing. Other than giving her a treat now and then, which we do with the others as well, and modifying the eating situation, we have not done anything special for her. Okay, maybe we talk to her and tell her what an amazing chicken she is, but she has figured it outl. Just thought I would share.

  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    pretty cool. hope the chick makes it to be an adult. I have a chicken that has one eye named pachy. She free ranges but is always the first to run if she sees a shadow.
  3. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    Very neat story. I look forward to seeing updates on Helen.
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Southern28Chick has a blind pullet she named Tiny. You can PM her, I'm sure she'd be glad to give you suggestions (she's been busy lately, so it may take her some time to get back with you). You can do a search for Blind Tiny on BYC to see the posts she's made. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  5. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Good for you, I hope Helen has a long and happy life.
  6. TreeFever

    TreeFever Songster

    Feb 17, 2008
    That's really great!
  7. That was me, but I never said for you to cull yours. I said that mine had a deformity and it was getting it's fluff pulled out by my other chicks, and that I ended up culling. I'm glad yours is doing better.
  8. jenlhake

    jenlhake Hatching

    May 5, 2008
    ebonykawai , you are so right. I did reread your original reply and do want to apologize. Thanks you for your kind words and my response was not meant to say that I thought your actions were wrong just that Helen didn't have the same severity of handicappidness (if that is a word). Thank you again.
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Fabulous [​IMG] I hope she/he continue to thrive. I agree with you, I would not cull either unless it was necessary.
  10. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    i love it when people are willing to try working with "differences." i hope that all goes well for you and helen and that she lives a long, happy chicken life.
    i have a disabled roo named special k and so far, so good!

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