Today I took home my first chicken. She is from the Nature Center that I work at. My mom and our friend and I went to pick her up. I held her in the car as we drove to my neighbor's house - she already has a coop and we were gonna keep my chicken there for a while. So when we put her in, my neighbor says: "I hope they don't peck each other's eyes out. Be prepared for some injuries." That got me extremely nervous. So the chickens start fluttering and fighting a little, and my chicken was pressed up against the door trying to get out. I picked her up and told my mom I wanted to keep her at home. My neighbor gave me some shavings and food for her. As I walked up, Suzy my dog barked and barked and the chicken flew out of my arms and into the garden where she raced around panting and making awful screeching noises. I held her and I was sobbing hysterically telling my mom that I wanted to take her back to the Nature Center because this wasn't working out. Finally my mom took me to the Nature Center and I put my chicken back and she was panting and still clucking a little. I think she was happy to be home, though. Has anyone else had bad experiences like this? And is there anyway for me to improve it? I wanted to keep her in a big cage for a while, but no! My mom said: "We're keeping her at the neighbor's house, or the deal is off." I'm still really upset!!!