Edited by GhostRider65 - 3/8/11 at 8:17pm
Take heart dear, chickens haters are ignorant people especially if there family, because family should stand with each other and not judge them for there likes or ideas, but be kind and supportive no matter what, and how much you dislike something others are doing is silly , So what it isn't your concern.
What is wrong with the world these days anyway? who could hate a cute little fuzzybutt........who turns into a beautiful chicken.
I know exactly how you feel though my parents passed in 2007 and 2009, both lived here for my care for years while they were sick, but always found ways to negate my animals
they cost too much, there dirty, smelly, useless barking pooping machines, ect ect ect. even my oldest son upon hearing about my new critter fuzzybutts project for this year, first thing out a his mouth was how much is this adventure costing you? I just lied said a 100.00 bucks which in reality is about the cost of my sweeterheater LOL the chicks themselves were around 90 bucks so that's 200 right there, now add the coop/run and my brooder and add another 3 or 4 hundred. I really don't care I don't drink, I don't go out and waste money on eating, movies, fancy new cars, It's my money anyway and too bad if you don't like it. I ignore most of it, and when pushed I push back. I pay this 1000.00 a month mortgage, electric, phones, ect until you do shut the hell up!! is my usual reply when I'm ticked off.
Over the years I've taken slack for my dogs the cats, horses, animals I rescued, like bunnies, birds and 1 old horse. My way of living is always negated, they hate my country life style, and think I'm and insane hillbilly. I don't care.......... my dream is too get out from under this stupid huge amount of bills/debt and be a self sustaining farm off the grid sometime in the future, then they'll really probably have me committed.......hehehe.
I really think part of it is jealousy because I ain't living the way society and they live, or how they would have me live. I been there done that for 30 years all it's ever gotten me was debt, headaches, and misery and 2 wrecked hands from blown tendons and carpel tunnel, I had to quit working at 36 and live on my s.s disability. I figure I worked my hands to death working two jobs to pay the man, now I can live how I can and do what I want for a change, I'm much happier this way.
Just smile and say yup I love my chickens and if you keep pushing my buttons about them I'll give them your room. I said that to my dad once, only insert horses instead of chickens, he was quiet for a bit after that.
Best of luck and have fun with those chickens. Kim