Welcome to our "Feathered Friend Friday" series. Each Friday I write a post with interesting facts, photos, or funny stories about our chickens and guineas. If you need to catch up, you'll find all the Feathered Friend Friday posts here.
Several months ago, I noticed one of our older hens seemed to be having problems with her vision. Tubs was acting a little bit off and constantly turning her head to see with only one of her eyes. I gave her a good once over and noticed that indeed one of her eyes looked much different.
Not only was it discolored, but the pupil looked very strange. It was almost as if there was a hole in the center and it appeared white and cloudy. I knew something was wrong, but I wasn't sure what caused it. The one thing I did know was that she no longer had vision in that eye.
For about a week she acted somewhat disoriented while adjusting to only being able to see out of one eye. I was getting worried about her, but eventually she was used to her new normal and began to show signs of her old self again. Her other eye is healthy and no other chickens were having problems, so my best guess is that she was pecked in the eye which caused her to lose vision.
Thankfully, she doesn't seem to be affected by it at all anymore and hasn't lost her assertive, confident, take charge personality. Especially when she spots a treat.
Do you have any animals that have learned to live and thrive with disabilities?