Our family converted a cherished backyard play house into a chicken house with a new run attached. Being that we live in California, we incorporated our earthquake supplies into a sealed-off storage area below the 30" high platform where our five hens spend much of their time. The house is clean enough and pleasant enough that my wife and I will sit out with the girls of an evening, catching up on each others day and enjoying the chickens. When we are sitttiing on our stools we are at eye level with the chickens and quite close to them. We enjoy this close observation/interaction vantage but are concerned about the girls beaks and there proximity to our faces and particularly our eyes. We are being carefull not to get too close but would be interested in what others have to say about being this close. If we are not stressing them by being too close, should we be terribly concerned about them giving us a peck in the face? We also have two cats and are wondering how to introduce them to the chickens so that they can coexist peacefully in our yard once we let our chickens out of the run to roam about.