and one of them pecked him just under his eye, so close it could have been his eye. I think his eye is fine-this time- but what do I do to keep this from ever happening again? Just not have them out freeranging when the kids are playing? Or not have the kids give them treats? I've noticed that the hens go after my wedding ring even when I'm not feeding them, so i just really don't know what to do - I also have a 3 year old daughter. My son knows not to get down with his eyes beak level (a person at a feed store mentioned that we need to be careful about eyes and beaks), but he forgot and got down on his hands and knees and tried to give one of the hens a meal worm, that's when the other one came up and got him under the eye.