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Help with a half blind chicken!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ncsiwolf, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Ncsiwolf

    Ncsiwolf In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    Simi Valley, Ca
    I have just found out one of my chicken is half blind. She is in a small back yard and a flock of five chickens. She doing ok but trips over her own two feet some times and runs in to thing when scared. And has a hard time getting on her rost.
    What I'm asking is do any of you have chickens that are half blind. And what do you do the help the and make them happy?[​IMG]

  2. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Songster

    Sep 3, 2010
    Penrose, Colorado
    I have a little buff lace Polish, Helen, that's blind. I believe she can distinguish light and dark but that's about all. I actually had my hubby build a "transition" section in the corner of the coop so when I have a bird needing to be reintroduced to the flock we put her in the sectioned off area. This way they can all see each other and be together but the bird is transitioned slowly to avoid pecking and injury. Anyway, Helen hangs out in that area most of the time. I open it daily so she can come and go as she pleases, but she seems happy and content in her little corner of the world. She has her own food and water, but she does get into the bigger part of the coop and seems to know where the other feeders are. I have had a time or two where someone bullied her and she ended up outside in the run, which is an old horse arena and is huge. I have had to go out and rescue her because she can't find her way back, but most of the time she does quite well. In the evening when everyone is roosting I put her sister buff lace Polish, Miss Prissy, in with her for the night and they cuddle up together. She doesn't have a roost but I do have a little log in there that she gets up on every once in a while. She doesn't roost though, she has always just laid in the shavings.

    So, I think as long as your girl knows where the food and water is and she seems happy, I would just let her be. She probably gets along better than you think. [​IMG]
  3. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Songster

    Dec 18, 2010
    I wouldn't worry. They very quickly get used to blindness. I have some half-blind roosters that do great, and one just has no eyeballs.

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