My favorite little Silkie hen, Blanche, had crusted-shut eyes yesterday morning!!! Just two weeks ago a gave her a course of injected antibiotics for a persisitant but minor bumblefoot issue. She's in the middle of her first brood. One of the eyes even looks a little blood-crusted. One of the other 3 hens, Blondie, has been pecking her ruthlessly so I'm wondering if she pecked her eye. That would only explain one eye, though. I gently pried the eyes open, flushed with my contact lens saline solution, soaked each eye with a warm black tea compress and then applied Vetericyn opti gel. I set her up in my laundry room, away from the other 2 hens. This morning, only one eye was crusted shut, and it was freed with minimal effort. I repeated yesterday's routine. It's hard to tell how she feels since she's broody. She's eating and drinking a bit. No odors. Poo seems fine. Breathing seems fine. My neighbor gave me some drops she used for her kids conjunctivitis. Sulfacetamide Sodioum Ophthalmic Solution 10%. I guess I'll try that this afternoon. My 3 urban Silkies are like pampered poodles, yet I have had problem after problem with them. I thought chickens were hardier than this!