My old gals (brahmas) are going blind. Think this is pretty common?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by gritsar, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My eldest brahma girls are now nearly seven years old, healthy as all get out. They still lay, although they do take longer molts than they did when they were spring chickens.

    My flock matriach, Bella, is a dark brahma. She injured a leg when she was a pullet jumping down from a high roost and now has developed a bit of arthritis in that leg. Bella has the heavy beetle brow that a brahma is supposed to have. She started having vision problems about a year ago, but I don't see any cataracts. Now one of her "sisters" Girly (also a dark) has rapidly developed cataracts, a full cataract in one eye and partial in the other.

    We make accommodations for their disabilities and they will live their entire natural lives out on this farm. From what I am reading it is apparently very common for older brahmas to develop cataracts. Anyone else notice this trend in older brahmas?

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