|Lena (L) and Miss Emily (R)|
Chickens have a sort of "pouch" beneath their lower lid, and that seemed to hold the mystery. The pouch of skin had a build-up of dirt, and it was STUCK there. Lena needed some help to remove it, so as Hubbs stroked her breast feathers to relax her, I took the tissue with a dab of peroxide on it (careful not to get it into her eyeball), and gently rubbed till the dirt was completely removed. There were some tiny pin feathers on that tender skin as well, so I was careful not to rub on those and irritate anything further. I had some antibiotic ointment that I sometimes use to treat my critters, and Lena got a small blurb of that under her lower lid. When treating those tiny eyes, it's important to be sure the hen is very relaxed because they can move quickly and no one wants to loose an eye!
Prevention is the best medicine, and so, keep your eye on your hens, and try to catch trouble before it gets worse.