What in the world possesses a chicken to do the things that they do? I am not excessively tall at six foot but last night a six month old hen leaped up on my shoulder. I was sort of shocked that the fat lady, a buff orpington could fly that high. I stood there wondering how to get this dumb chicken off of me since I cant see it perched on the back part of my shoulder. The next thing I know is it is doing its best to tear my ear off of my head. I tried to flap my hand behind my head to scare it a bit and make it stop. So then I stand there again trying to figure out how to get it off of me without injuring it and while I am thinking about that it tries again to rip my ear in half. At that point I was less concerned with its health and more concerned with my ear. I am thankful that no neighbors saw a grown man running around flailing his hands behind his head trying to get the dang thing off. Long story short, I am going to watch that bird very carefully. Today I have a nice rip and scab to show off.