Help! I think my chick is blind! What should I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Debi214, May 14, 2009.

  1. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chicks from a recent hatch appears to be blind - what should I do? I think it sees shadows but it doesn't seem to see well enough to eat and drink. It is way smaller than the rest but I thought that was because it was the last to hatch. Now I am sure it is because it can't see the food and water. I put it in its own brooder and I don't know if I should cull it or see if it grows out of this...........ugh!!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't cull it there is a story of a blind chick that has been raised
     
  3. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look for "Chronicles of Radar" It's a super good thread of a chicken that doesn't even have eyes.
     
  4. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't want to cull it - the poor little thing pecks at everything looking for food and water.
     
  5. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am going to look for that thread right now. Thanks!
     
  6. rainbowgardens

    rainbowgardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The decision to cull it would be based on your situation. Is this chicken a pet? Do you feel you are at a place in your life where you can care for a blind chicken?
    If I had a blind chicken my first year of raising them I may have been willing to invest the time. Now, with more responsibilities in my life I know I would not be able to responsibly care for it and it would suffer.
    You need to decide if you can care for it's special needs for the long haul. If your situation changed after a year of bonding to it, would you have the heart to cull it then?
    My friend is raising chicks for the first time. She just discovered that one of her three week olds is blind in one eye. She and her children want to try and raise it, but with 18 hens all together, I fear for it's well being.
    I understand the emotions of this difficult situation. You have to define where you stand in the area between pet and livestock.
     

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