Red head tassels: Made from strands of red wool, these adornments are added to the headcollars of driving horses. They are a relic of historic belief in the evil eye. This peculiar superstition maintained that a person or animal could carry the "evil eye", often unknowingly, inflicting ill fortune or disease simply by looking directly at the victim. Red tassels were carried in historic times to ward off the supposed evil eye. Horse brasses are believed to have originated as a gypsy charm.
My paternal grandmother had chickens too. At feeding time she was calling them using the appelative "children". She was pronouncing the word fast and with no pause. So the result was like a little secret chant just between her and her chickens.