I have four hens that normally free range all day long. I have three dogs that have a doggy door to the yard and I must be home to supervise the dogs. Although they protect our yard from predators, my beagle is a proven chicken killer when she doesn't have me around to keep her in check. I am a stay at home mom, so if I have to go out for an hour or two, I normally just lock the doggy door so the dogs stay in the house while the chickens are in the yard having fun. However, I've been keeping the chickens locked in the coop until 4 or 5 pm the last few days and will continue until I have this baby. I'm terrified that I'll go into labor and then be chasing chickens around the yard to get them in the coop before I head to the hospital. Can you imagine me running around between contractions... The darn chickens just make me feel so guilty. They pace up and down the open part of the coop just giving me that evil chicken eye. I don't even want to go out and feed and water them for fear of the chicken eyes. When we head to the hospital, we have to leave the doggy door open for the dogs... I can't have pee and poop throughout the house when we get home with the baby. I also need to make sure that the chickens are protected at night, so they have to be in the coop when we leave. I never thought that chickens could make a person feel so guilty!!! What a thing to be worrying over before I have a baby!!!