My husband and I were recently astonished to be told, after paying over $700. of survey and lawyer costs, endless paperwork and 3 rounds of "go get us your latest pay stubs" to hear "The underwriter wants you to get rid of your chickens. And then we'll send someone out to make sure you did. If you agree to that, we'll refinance your house." Now, we have been banking with a bank whose acronym fits, let's say, Profits Not Chickens, for many years. We like their on-line banking services, and have had no complaints before now, but that all ended when we went to them for refinancing of our home loan and found ourslelves dealing with the equivalant of Nazis. My husband is a child psychologist, and I am am a nurse. We have had good jobs in responsible positions for many years, and have our original mortgage with this bank. We never miss a payment, and pay off our credit cards every month. Our credit scores are in the high 700's. We have over an acre in the country, and keep some chickens in our back yard, as is our right in our county. They said we were "an agricultural enterprise". Somehow this is a bad thing, in the state which leads the nation in production of broilers? Now, I find it hard to believe that a dozen chickens in a re-purposed shed in a back yard is so threatening. They are well cared-for, fed homemade yogurt, have a fan and a window in their coop, and a nice big yard full of grass and two trees. That they actually wanted to make us "get rid" of our pets is, we think, unconscionable. Three of my girls I drove three hours to get from Whitmore Farm as babies, four years ago, and, although they don't lay as often as they did, they are still in fine shape and enjoying life. The others I hatched myself, and raised in my extra bedroom. "Get rid of them, and we'll send someone out to make sure you did. " I think not. I think we'll kiss that money goodbye and take our business eslewhere. Maybe Costco, who also offers this service, or the company that offers banking services to ex Air Force folks, I'm pretty sure they won't have a problem. Profits Not Chickens bank can kiss us goodbye as customers entirely, real soon. Maybe some of you might consider doing this, too, just on principle.