I have a very sweet , friendly & curious barred rock pullet that loves to fly up onto my shoulder and ride around there while I do chores in the runs, she is well mannered and never poops on me so I've never discouraged the behavior... Well, this evening she did her usual thing, and when I happened to turn my head in her direction she saw something that must have looked tastey... in my eye. She pecked me in the cornea, giving it a nice scratch. I set her down and walked to the house to flush it out, and she followed me every step of the way, just as sweet as always. The pain kept increasing to the point I knew I'd have to have medical attention, so off I went to the ER, and will have to follow up with the eye doctor tomorrow. I felt that I should share my experience so that others can avoid a painful injury. Oh, did I mention that a cornea scratch is painful? I don't blame the pullet for my stupid mistake, and she will still be welcome to perch on my shoulder, but next time I will be wearing eye protection. Did I mention it is hard to post with one eye closed?