Would love some advice please...
One of my chickens has just gone blind, not too sure why. She's older and a rescue. I took her to the vets today and as she's in good health apart from this so he suggested trying to see if she can manage. It was also hard to tell if she is 100% blind or not.
She's currently in a flock of 6 who are on the whole pretty gentle. So far only the broody has been unpleasant to her.
BUT it's a big WIR... the vet advised creating her a small area where she can find her way and find food easily. I'm not sure what the best option is, would love some help working it out:
1. To add more food/drink stations to current run so she stays with her buddies. But then it is a huge space so maybe cruel? But she knows it.
2..move her to her own small run (but then I don't like that she would be alone??? If I added a buddy I worry for them when reintegrating as I don't see her living that long.... it is a space she's been in before when we first rescuded them.
3. Section of part of the current run so she's along side the others but in a small space- really not 100% sure how.... I think it would have to be the back of the run, which they don't use often so is that too alien.
I'm really unsure what's best for her, I'd like to give her a fighting chance and some happiness in whatever set up though. (If she's not getting on okay then I won't let her suffer). I'm erring to the separate run, she seemed happy enough in there earlier when I was trying to work things out. But with a buddy? Or separated in the main run? Can't figure it out and don't want to swap and change on her!
Also Just any tips to help her would be very much appreciated..I'm able to give her water by using a running hose but food is much harder.
Thanks so much all.