So I don't want this to come off wrong at all. I have a friend that works for CPS in Texas and she's amazing. Truly an awesome woman. It isn't anything personal this is totally directed at the individual ignorant jerk. Long story that I won't go into the details of, I had police at my house yesterday. My ex-fiance has been causing me trouble since we broke up a year ago and my life is going well and his isn't. He's just been a jerk and he accused me of stealing things on Thursday night when he was drunk and calling the police. I get police here and they ask why the door is shut and I said it's to the bathroom and I keep my daughters two 4 week old chicks in a box in there until there. Well apparently that wasn't ok. It's not in the laws or code here. I checked btw. So the CPS officer with the sheriff's office comes over. He proceeds to harass me about my daughter having her basket of clothes dumped out. (she did it that morning and she's almost 10. This is not strange behavior for a 10 year old or any kid.) He then tells me that you can't walk in my bathroom without coming in contact with chicken excrement and that it is an unhealthy environment and he is deciding if he can remove my daughter or not. I am so mad because he is telling me that my chickens carry tons of diseases and that all children put their hands in their mouths all the time and she can't go in to use the bathroom and not contact the chicken poo and then she'll put her hands in her mouth and get sick. Oh and that my bathtub must be contaminated as well because it's in the same room. We all know that they are unlikely to jump into the bathtub because of lack of traction. I know they never have. I keep them in a giant 4 foot long blue rubbermaid tote with a heat lamp, food, water, and horse pellet bedding that we change out every few days. I also keep a long sheet of brown builders paper under them to protect my carpet. yup my bathroom has carpet. The kinda plasticky stuff. Sort of like astroturf. I hate it and I'm replacing it after I'm done brooding chicks with some linoleum I picked up. I started painting my bathroom before we got chicks but stopped to keep them in there. So I just tell him fine and agree to whatever so he'll get out of my hair. My friend had come over, who is a lawyer, and she dealt with the other officers and got rid of them. My best friend came over and took my 2 chicks to her house until I can at least have a coop outside to put the girls in during the day. Odds are the CPS workers will come Monday anyway and then it's over. Here is my filthy disgusting chicken ridden bathroom just minutes after they were loaded into my friends truck. All taht was removed was their box and the paper that was under them. This is where they were, next to the vacuum that was there for quick clean up and near the window for sunlight. This is the rest of my bathroom. I was painting the grey to cover up the yellow. I painted it all yellow but after 4 coats and still terrible coverage I gave up. did grey with a green trim, just had to stop for a bit. Also, my daughter was thoroughly insulted that they would think she was stupid enough to handle chickens in anyway and not wash her hands, let alone go to the bathroom and not wash her hands. She said "what do they think, I'm 2?!" It's become a bitter joke amongst us all. "I'm going to go lick some chicken butt guys!" and you reach out like you touch a butt and then lick your fingers or pretend to. Yup, because we are ignorant people needing to be enlightened. We keep chickens so we must be stupid. I'm printing out facts about brooding chickens in your home, sanitation, diseases, so when they come to check to see if the chickens are out of my bathroom they can be informed and not ignorant. These are my filthy chickens btw. Filthy.