Chicken Removed My Contact Lens - Could Have Been My Eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PurpleChicken, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    There have been other post that have warned people to be cautious of
    chickens around your face. Tonight I had a close call that I am still shaken
    up by.

    This is not the first time so let me give a brief history:
    1-When our current laying flock were 10 weeks one poked my wife in
    the eye. Her eye healed but was irritated for several days.
    2-A 13 week old bird got our dog in the eye. He was OK. Some may
    recall my "Chicken attacks Pit Bull post".
    3-My leghorn has nipped me in the lip. One time she got me so hard
    in bled and was fat for a few days.

    Tonight, while feeding my babies in the barn on the old couch out there,
    my extremely friend Leghorn jumped up on the back of the couch. The
    birds were in a feeding frenzy devouring oatmeal, one of their favorites.
    I turned my head to the left and the leghorn, seeing the gleam in my eye,
    struck my eye hard. Her lover beak raked my lower eye lid and her upper
    beak ripped my contact lens right off my eye. It hurt bad and I had that
    "Oh ****, this may be bad" feeling. My contact lens probably saved my
    eye from a surface scratch or worse. The chicken didn't know what she was
    doing. She is a sweet bird.

    Please be careful everyone. I lucked out tonight and feel like puking right
    now. This could have been bad.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Glad it wasn't worse! I have a couple of hens who love to sit on my shoulder. I'm always conscious of them being so close to my eye. My goofy RIR, Rosemary, loves nothing better than to fly up to my shoulder and doesn't necessarily give any warning. She's knocked my glasses off before doing that, the spoiled thing, and she doesn't mean any harm, just wants to be babied.
  3. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Newton, NC
    Glad she didn't get your eye. Tell her she needs to get laying to repay you for you contact.
  4. jackiedon

    jackiedon Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    Wow Purple,

    I bet that did hurt!! Sounds like you need safety glasses to work with chickens.

    I hope it feels better soon.

  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    There's something about debeaked birds (not something I promote at all, mine just came that way) that I don't mind at all. They don't "peck" normally, so I don't have that problem. Good thing it wasn't that serious.

    I like your puking up the chicken smiley. ( uh frowny?)
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh my!! Im glad for the most part, you are ok. I had a "friendly hen" get me in the eye this past summer. Like your wife, it was sore for days! Now...when I hold them, I wear my sunglasses....just in case!
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I am so glad you are ok, I wear glasses and still lean away when they start looking at my eyes. But it isn't always possible when they do a sneak attack...again, glad you are ok.
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    As usual I knew ya all would understand this.

    Having our babies on our shoulders or, in my case, barn couch,
    is a nice part of having chickens.

    I'm gonna hang a welding mask on the barn door. [​IMG]

    The guilty leghorn is a curious and poky one but she lays BIG white
    eggs and is so lubable. Usually I'd wanna eat a chicken for this but
    it was MY fault this happened.

    Next time someone tells me I have nice eyes I'll say "U aint kiddin" [​IMG]

  9. Thanks for the warning!

    I don't let any of the chickens get 'in my face' (or on a shoulder).

    1) I don't like poopy chicken feet jumping on me.

    2) I don't like poopy chicken feet jumping on me.

  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Now THAT story was a legit reason to be careful of an animal and eyes.... much better than the reason my mom used to give me for not letting me have a cat - that they would just scratch your eyes out with no warning.

    Of course this was the same mom who wouldn't let me have kool aid because "that was what killed all those people in Jonestown"

    Glad to hear your eye is OK. Maybe you should get a pair of those super sexy goggles that we had to wear in high school chemistry to protect your eyes from future feeding frenzy attacks! [​IMG]

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