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I have gotten the occasional rowdy chick, pecking at eyes and pulling at toes, so I understand your frustration, I've never had one do serious injury or one that kept doing it. Some behaviors that chickens do seem mean and bullying, but they need to be in order to survive and potentially be at the top of the pecking order where you get all the best stuff. It's just the nature of the chicken and sometimes we have to accept that we can't change the basic instincts.

At that age the mother hen would be finding food and offering it to her chicks with her beak, I'm sure the eye pecking is an expression of this instinct, without a mother feeding them they are looking for things to peck. Perhaps a small mirror might help.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Ooo a mirror is a good idea! Thanks for all the support! It's so nice to have people walk you through something new and passionate. @oldhenlikesdogs
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Thanks for your help guys.

She is doing much better. I separated her with chicken wire in the brooder, but she's so small she squeezed her little butt through it!! 😂 So I stayed in the brooder that night until about 2 am flicking her (gently) every time she was fresh and she got the hang of it.
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