So my chicks are about 12 days old. My sister in law and brother came over today after an appt. she had. She wanted to see my chicks so I took her downstairs to the basement to see them. She said they were cute and seemed interested in them and then we started talking about other things and I went upstairs. Well when I came back downstairs they didn't hear me and I heard my sister in law complaining about my chicks. I know I shouldn't have listened but this is what I heard- "Those things are so f****** gross! Why would someone ever keep wild animals in their house? They smell like s*** too. All the clothes hanging up there are going to smell terrible when those things finally go outside. Hopefully she doesn't keep all of those- she already has three grown ones outside. I don't understand why someone would want to have such disgusting animals, especially in their home!" After I heard that I stormed down the rest of the stairs, walked in to the brooder room and slammed the door shut. I was so unhappy to say the least! I keep the brooder VERY clean- and I only have 25 chicks down there. I clean out the brooder every two days or so. I even cleaned out the brooder and opened the window an hour before they got here! The only thing I can imagine her smelling is the pine shavings. She is a 'city girl' and only ever had an outside dog growing up and now my brother and her live in a tiny one bedroom apartment with no pets. Yes, animals can be dirty and smell. But don't ever stand in my home and judge me and my animals like that. My sister in law and I have had our differences but this just takes the cake. What would you do in this situation?