Was tempted to do laundry but have stopped my "laundress of the night" shift when DH moved the girls to the basement for overnights. Don't want to disturb their beauty sleep, or upset their dreams with noises....they are soooo sweet! So now I knit instead, with my feet up. And the 12 year old son has learned to launder his own during the daylight hours, all on his own! (Cant get "the look" without done laundry, and if mom isnt up all night doing laundry...) So I must ask BYC forum, "How many ways have your chickens improved your life?" We put up a beautiful white picket fence for our chickens. (to keep them safe from dogs.) Now my home is a pretty fortress of solitude, and I really enjoy the yard! We built a shed for their henhouse, but now its my garden shed, and the city officials approved it, and now the landscape is getting done. The basement is cleared/cleaned out so we can take good, good care of their overnight, tabletop habitat every morning. But I love the clean basement! Overtired, cranky me was about to cry over being a mom and a nurse with no breaks when fat little hen looked so snuggly, I layed down on the lawn by her for 12 minutes in the afternoon sun before the little kids got home, and the older son caught me happy with fat little hen snoring on my belly. The chickens are right. The sunny spot is a good place to stretch out and watch the sky. Some things I've learned from them: Its a good idea to laugh out loud when you're happy. Its a good idea to cry out for help when you're scared. Going to bed on time is healthy. Singing at the top of your voice is fun. Treats taste good. Scratch for treasure then show everybody what you found. Fluff up your friend before you cuddle in for a lap and a snuggle. Cock you head and smile when you're happy to see somebody, and say something sweet, and best of all, be patient.