Have you ever noticed in the pirate pictures there is always a parrot on the pirate's shoulder? Have you ever noticed the pirate is also WEARING AN EYPATCH. That is because his pet parrot has pecked out his eyeball. Two different posts this week have dealt with owners of much loved, tame and gentle, pet chickens getting pecked in the eye. You don't have to let this happen. Please don't. I used to raise parrots, and because they could be stronger and more agressive than chickens (some can snap a broomstick with their beaks, honest) we were easily, and quickly, taught to keep them out of our faces. But realy the same rules should apply to our tame pet chickens. Chickens, like all birds, like to be on the highest perch. There is a bird raising theory that says our pet birds tend to view us as a bird (our heads) perched on a sort of mobile tree (our body). Whether you ascribe to this theory or not it is a useful one for explaining their behaviour. For instance birds tend to give their loved ones a quick sharp peck to move them out of danger fast. This explains why a happy bird sitting cuddled on your shoulder like it has done 100 times before suddenly reaches over and pecks you hard and then flutters off when a stranger walks in the room...why didn't you fly down and run off too? ...There are other reasons and theories for pecking but chickens are curious creatures, and often just plain attracted to our jewelry and eyeballs. Loveum up. Let them sit on your laps, hands, or railings beside you. Talk to them, tame them, enjoy their presence, but gently keep them away from your eyes and the eyes of any small children you allow to hold them. I am sorry for the long and preachy post, it just realy struck a nerve. Thanks for letting me vent, and get this off my chest. I do so love my pet chickens.