So my neighbor wanted to offload his three chickens so his cattle could eat the grass on the lot that had been set aside for the chickens. I took them because one was a barred rock, one white leghorn, and the rooster is some kind of splash. He's not impressive looking yet and seems rather dim in my opinion. They're definetely more skittish than my 12 well behaved little hens. In fact, my hens are used to perching on one little roost five feet off the ground. These guys winds are clipped, and I don't know that they can jump to the intermediate perch. So I lift them up at night so they can roost up top. Well my pullets are stressed with the recent additions and so they are walking on eggshells as of late. Even my reclusive wynadottes are social divas compared to the newcomers. Well yesterday morning I was out messing with them all. Feeding them, petting my little suzy-the-smallest-rhode-island-red, and the new BR is establishing herself as dominant hen by pecking all the others. Mine would try to stand up to her by puffing up and flapping their wings but she'd douse any reprisal with a sharp peck. I didn't like it because she skewered a feather off one of my little ameracaunas. So I bugged the BR a bit... Then I bugged the rooster, held him, and rubbed his waddles and comb. Just when I set him down one of MY barred rocks jumped up on my shoulder. I reached with my left hand to grab her feet and turned my head just the tiniest bit and WHAM!!!! Pecked in the eye. That hurt! Later at work i couldn't see boo so I went to the opthamologist who confirmed a scratched cornea and prescribed drops for keeping the scrape clean. And to think I had just been defending that little thing!