Hen blind suddenly - can they learn to live with it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Blackberry18, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Red Sex-Link has gone blind over the last few days. Her eyes haven't clouded up, and they dilate and contract normally, but she can't see food or water. She's able to find her way in and out of the coop, but can't eat food or drink; I have to help her. She just stands in the yard and walks around a bit, like she's sick. What should I do?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They can get around in their familiar environment as long as they aren't bullied or their feed or water is moved. They can get lost easily, so sometimes you have to give them some extra care. Is the color of her eyes changed from brownish orange to gray? Eye infections and vitamin A deficiency are a couple of causes of blindness. Here are some conditions that can cause eye disorders:
    https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps031
    http://www.joneshamiltonag.com/jh/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PLT_Poultry-Eye-Disorders.pdf
     
  3. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Her eye color hasn't changed at all, her eyes, in fact, look completely normal. As aforementioned, they dilate and contract normally, but she doesn't blink when I make a sudden movement by her eye, like snapping. I'm trying to teach her where the water is, but I throw their food on the ground where they scratch for it, so she isn't able to see. I'm just giving her food with grit separately. She almost seems to be sick, feeling lighter and sometimes just standing around doing nothing (though I think that's because she can't see). The blindness came very suddenly, feels like overnight, but I always thought she might have sight problems; she alway shook her head as though clearing her vision.
     

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