Farming forum: Failing vision in a hen?

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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 15, 2015 7:14 PM CST
My weeding hen (who follows me around the garden) is a 2 year old Welsummer. Last season she was avidly nabbing the tiniest of worms as I cleaned the beds. This season, she is having trouble seeing even the fattest worms, let alone the bitty ones. I've tried dangling them directly in front of her, and she often misses and pecks my finger instead. Same with placing them on the ground in plain sight - she will often step on a wriggling worm apparently not seeing it. I haven't figured out if this is one sided or not. I've looked at both eyes and don't see anything weird. I reluctantly did clip her wings so she will now stay inside the chicken yard, hoping that will keep her safer. Anyone heard of this? She doesn't run into anything or appear disoriented, and runs to the fence with the other hens at treat time. Also has no problem keeping her upper spot in the pecking order... ??
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 15, 2015 7:34 PM CST
I have had a number of hens with eye problems, but I only remember one whose eyes looked normal but was apparently blind. She was very low in the pecking order. Could she have simply lost her taste for worms?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 15, 2015 9:06 PM CST
Ha ha - I suppose that might be the case, although in my observation chickens pretty much chomp down on anything available. She does seem to spot the fat green grub worms easier than the earthworm, maybe she is color blind?? I did feel badly, though. Last time I was weeding close to the chicken yard, she was running madly back and forth at the fence line, clearly (in my opinion) wanting to come play with me.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 16, 2015 11:40 AM CST
Going to have to fit her with glasses! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 16, 2015 4:58 PM CST
Contacts!
Porkpal
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2015 5:10 PM CST
I'm thinking laser surgery...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Mar 16, 2015 6:28 PM CST
But, of course!
Porkpal
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 16, 2015 9:46 PM CST
Seeing-eye dog, er, I mean chicken?
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 17, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I had a leghorn rooster that went completely blind once. I'd have to show him where the food and water was, and of course rescue him when he wondered off too far and couldn't find his way back to the coup. Eventually, a hawk got him.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

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