Pecked In The Eyeball

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrdruids, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. mrdruids

    mrdruids Chirping

    Jul 27, 2011
    my leghorn fiddle faddle was just on my lap getting her pettins and she came in real close and pecked my eyeball, needless to say, OUCH. i dont hold a grudge though i love her, has this ever happened to anyone else? does she think my eyes are treats? i wont be gettin my face too close again unless i have a meal worm in my teeth [​IMG]

  2. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    it happened to me once. wound up at the doctor the next day with my eye almost swollen shut. I had to have eye drops for about a week. I feel your pain...OUCH!
  3. I got pecked on the lip the other day. I think my hen was trying for my teeth while I was talking to her. It stung! But the eye! ouch! just don't ever pass out in the coop . . . who needs vultures when u have chickens?
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    From a chicken's point of view, eyes are really neat. They blink and twitch and move about. Maybe they're tasty. It's like a little bug zipping to and fro. My bird brain tells me I have to peck it, so I did.
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I got pecked once in the eye. One of my SLW wass sitting on my shoulder and saw that big shiny thing that moves around and wanted to know what it was! I didn't have any big injury -- just a red spot and a bit sore. I've been pecked on the lip as well.. Shiny white teeth... Just a bit off in the aim!
  6. flocksalot

    flocksalot Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Poynette WI
    I think they think your (our) pupils are bugs. Last summer Jasper one of our turkeys pecked my sons eye. He screamed! For like an hour. I knew she must have scratched his cornea (I could see the tear), so I took him in to see the doctor. Thankfully the cornea is the fastest healing cells in our bodies. Even so the doctors were quite surprised that he was all healed the next day. Jasper was quit precocious like that. This year Alex keeps his eyes away, but now they peck his teeth and shiny hair, so watch out with those meal worms!
  7. mrdruids

    mrdruids Chirping

    Jul 27, 2011
    well shes pecked my lips before, it doesn't hurt much. i think its kinda cute actually [​IMG] i can see out of my eye and after about 10 min i was able to keep it open so i guess its all good. but yea i guess shiny gooey and moving about... whats a chicken to do [​IMG]

  8. Jcmc

    Jcmc Hatching

    Sep 21, 2011
    I have one girl that has been "eyeing" my eye for a while now. I watched a bird handler and she told me that gently blowing in the birds face will curb bad eye plucking habits, [​IMG]
  9. itsy

    itsy Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    Mmmmm....delicious eye grapes!

    I'm always grateful for my glasses when I'm up close and personal with a chicken.
  10. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    I've been pecked a few times around the eye area. I now think it was not my eyes the birds were after, but my eyelashes. The last time i got bit i lost an eyelash. I also noticed the same birds trying to peck off the hair on my arms.

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