I was wondering how to handle someone visiting that would ask to see my chickens. I think this is especially important around here with the number of commercial houses in operation. In particular, I know that the farmer that leases our pasture land (and also has commercial chicken houses) will be interested in chickens that don't look anything like the commercial broilers. I was thinking of a response such as: I'm sorry Mr. Farmer, but I don't allow others to get too close to my chickens because of bio-security issues; as I'm sure you wouldn't want to take something home on your clothing from my chickens and infect your own. Think that would work? Also, my second question: Is Big Brother watching? This month's issue of Mother Earth News has an ad from the USDA with advice on providing good biosecurity for your backyard flock. It also says you can e-mail them for a free 2008 Biosecurity Calendar. From what I can see the calendar has pics of beautiful chickens for each month. I started to e-mail then changed my mind. What if the government is using this as a way to 'tag' people with backyard flocks for the NAIS? This may sound paranoid, probably is, but as much as I love living in a free country, I don't trust our government for squat right now.