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.