Do chickens ever peck at eyes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by harvster, May 21, 2011.

  1. harvster

    harvster Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I be concerned about my young kids putting their faces close to them? (chicks are 6 weeks old)
     
  2. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't matter how old they are, if they peck your kids eyes and they will, that will hurt.
     
  3. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

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    I read fairly recently on these forums where someone had cornea damage following an eye peck. One of my chickens went for my eyes the other day. Scary! I tell the kids to not put their faces close.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes, they peck at eyes.
     
  5. harvster

    harvster Out Of The Brooder

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    I figured they did. Mine haven't attempted it so I wasn't sure, but I keep telling the kids to keep their faces away. Thanks for the replies.[​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Did bears poo in the woods?? Oh yes, they love sparkly eyes - wear safety goggles
     
  7. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes. A few years ago, a young cockerel got curious when I was close and decided to munch on the interesting, glossy, moving object. I was 13 at the time...had to go to the doctor for it (I'll spare you the details). It was pretty embarrassing to explain how it happened. [​IMG]
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    They go for shiny things like eyes, glasses, jewelry, toenails, etc. For that reason, I never let them near my face anymore.

    ETA, I learned the hard way, scratched corneas hurt!
     
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  9. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking it's probably not a good idea to let them sit on your shoulder either. That puts them even closer to your eyeball.
     
  10. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    It's a good thing I wear glasses, but I have never had a chick or chicken go for my eyes...yet.
     

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