Worried about my blind pullet's future. PICTURES!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Southern28Chick, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have a blind chick named Tiny. She is a Barred Rock and is just beautiful. She got the name Tiny because she didn't eat when i first got her at 3 days old and she didn't "learn" to eat until she was about 5 days old!!! I did everything I could to keep her alive including force feeding her boiled egg yolks mixed with water and injected into her mouth with a medicine dropper. Thankfully she lived and got her name because she was about a week behind in size compared to the other chicks.

    Now she is doing great living outside with the rest and is going on 11 weeks old. Of course she is the very last in the pecking order as to be expected from a handicapped chicken.

    I just want to know, when my girls are old enough to lay is she going to be ok? I have to think that a blind female chicken may be freaked out when a large object is ready to be pushed out of her body. Will she know what's going on?

    My roo is a year old and is currently separate from the girls until they are old enough to "handle" his attention. What on earth will she do when a huge roo tries to mount her?

    I love my lil blind baby and I just want what's best for her. Any help or suggestions are much appreciated.

    Here's some pics just so you can see her progress.

    As a teeny tiny baby:

    Here she is a little older. She's the black one on the left:

    This was the only way she could get her treats of hard boiled egg yolks, I had a cardboard divider to keep the other chicks from taking it from her:

    Here she is at 5 weeks in the big girl house resting:
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2007
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Any ideas?
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    In most animals, it's the top of the pecking order that get to mate...so I'm almost sure that Tiny won't be put under that type of pressure...as for the egglaying, I think she'll be fine with that too.
    If you're that worried there's only two words for it:
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    She is cute and I do not think she will have any problems when she lays an egg. I have never had a blind chicken but have seen others on here who do. How did you know so soon that she was blind?
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I'm sure she'll be fine, just keep watching her and judge her abilities as she matures. She may, though, just lay her eggs wherever since she can't see how/where the other hens lay. As for the roo, just keep an eye out and if there's problems separate her and a friend or two.
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    She should be fine. I think she would know through instinct
  7. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    My Mom who is in her late 60's now remembers having a chicken who couldn't see when she was a young girl. It became the family pet and lived many years. Good luck!
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:She didn't eat or drink like the others were and she would walk right into the walls of the brooder. I figured she was blind and I confirmed that just by watching her and when I would put my finger real close to her eyes she wouldn't move her head at all.

    She's doing fine now as far as food and water goes. She walks around the chicken yard really slow and whenever she bumps into something she slowly puts her head down to see if it's food or water. Sometimes she gets to far from the hen house and I have to pick her up and carry her to the food. She knows that if I pick her up that when I put her down she will be in front of food. She's very smart.
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    It seems to me if she is on the bottom of the pecking order and isn't able to run away, the rooster is going to take advantage of her more than the other hens. If he is a young inexperienced roo, he can be pretty rough until he gets the hang of breeding. If she were mine I would pick her favorite buddy and put them together in their own pen.

    Also, will she be in a covered run and not have to worry about flying predators ?

    I have a partially blind Polish hen. She appears to see shadows, but not details. She is in a covered run with a roo and two other hens. Her situation is a little different because she is going blind as an adult. She is adapting well and believe it or not, is the head hen of the group.
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  10. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:My roo is a very experienced adult. I bought him from a man and when we picked him up a hen was sitting on eggs fertilized by him, he's over a year old.

    I have a 40'x50' chicken yard with huge gamebird netting covering the entire top. She's been outside for 6 weeks with the others and all is going good so far. In another couple of months I'm going to let my roo in, that's what I was worried about.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2007

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