The other day Sugar, our Buff Laced Polish hen, suddenly became the target of Baby, our Kraienkoppe hen. Out of the blue, no reason that we could figure. Baby is broody and spends most of her time on the nest, but when she DID come off, she had a mission, it seems--to try and KILL Sugar.
We grabbed Sugar and brought her into the house to
recover, but her face was so swollen that her eyes swelled shut and she
was effectively blind for an entire day. She looked like a prize
fighter, and the poor thing roamed around the house all day bumping into
things. We gently sponged away the dirt and goop from around her eyes
with a warm, wet cloth, then applied some cold compresses. Today she is
improved, one eye is mostly open and she can see out of it, the other
is about 1/3 open but the skin around it is still quite swollen. Her
targeting is off though, she tends to peck to the left of whatever she's
trying to eat.
Hopefully by tomorrow she'll be able to go back
outside, at which time I'll have to isolate Baby and break her of her
brood so she'll calm down. Doing that isn't easy or fun, she'll have to
go into the 'hen pen'--an isolation cage--by herself for days.
Chicken jail, essentially.