Thursday, May 22, 2008

Beware of Chicken

Handling livestock can be dangerous. Bulls come to mind when I think of dangerous livestock. Horned goats even. But chickens?

Hermie the Early Bird secured his place in the flock by insisting he is a lap chicken. He's always the first in line wanting to be picked up. He loves to be loved. He's a love bird. He snuggles on your lap and even wags his tail. Pet him all afternoon or carry him around, he doesn't mind. Because of his affectionate nature we've certainly not been afraid of him. Until today.


Just seconds after this picture was taken, my son was holding Hermie a little closely. It seems the kid's fluttering eyelashes were too much for Hermie to resist. The love bird reached out and pecked him right in the eye. Amazingly, the kid didn't even drop the bird. I suspect I would have thrown the beast to the ground. But he just covered his eye with his other hand and said "Take Hermie, take Hermie."

Scared the daylights outta me. I mean that had to hurt. Luckily after a short session with a cold compress he was up and running again. I was fully prepared though for a run to the hospital. Not sure what they would do for a pecked eye, but I was prepared. Tonight there is a red spot on the white of his eye, he says he can feel it. Well, yeah! You got pecked in the eye by a chicken, I imagine it will be sore for a few days.

This afternoon, while we were having our what-did-we-learn-today review, the kid's response was "Don't hold Hermie closer than his neck can reach" and "Always wear your glasses." In Hermie's defense, I'm sure those fluttering eyelashes looked an awful lot like a bug. So we're still keeping him. But if you visit, we'll have safety glasses handy just in case.

10 comments:

dynochick (Jan) said...

I worked woth someone who aunt have vericose veins on her legs. The chickens were always trying to peck at them. They thought maybe the chickens thought they were worms.

Sandy said...

I am so glad he will be OK. Gotta watch those eyelashes!

Kristy said...

While I'm sorry to hear that he was hurt, I'm glad he'll be okay.
I do have to admit though that I was chuckling while reading your post. It's like something out of a movie.

Jenni said...

I am glad he is ok too. But, like Kristy I am chuckling. Also at Jan's comment. He's got something to tell his friends....
" Yep, my eye almost got pecked out by the chicken."

Renee said...

Ouch! And he is getting sooo big.

Tipper said...

Its always scary when something happens to an eye-although unusal for it to be a chicken.

farm mom said...

Glad to hear he's okay! I had the same thing happen to me when I was young. I'd go out in the chicken run and they'd roost and perch all over me. Ine couldn't resist the movement of my eye and gave me a quick and painful peck. Tell your little guy I fully healed and still have 20/20 vision! :) And I bet he'll never forget that lesson again!!

Jayne said...

Ouch!! Glad your son's okay.

Jayne said...

Ohmigosh! I just read Jan's comment and I'm laughing so hard I can hardly type!

LRC said...

A is probably secretly upset that it was not worse. Imagine the fun he would have had with that story and an eye patch!