This is going to be more or less a vent- so read if you want... I am going to move out of my house. The same one I bought just 2 years ago, and place it on the market. I am going to move back with my old roomate. She is alone, I am alone, and we are both struggling. As bad a time as I know this is, I am going to list my house and keep it empty. With the animals here I don't feel I can show the house, and this will enable me to keep my animals (yes they can go too) and not wreck my credit. With winter coming and the oil prices where they are, I think many more people will have to make these same hard decisions. I could take on a roomate, but that has it's own set of problems, and I have never felt that I "belonged" in this neighborhood, so it feels like the best thing to do. If my house is empty, the bills for keeping it going will drop down to near nothing- just keep it from freezing. All of my animal friends live within walking distance from her place and where I am now I am too far away to visit them much with the gas prices how they are. Having a house isn't really worth that. Not really looking for a pity party, just need to get it out. I am sure others are there. Now I only wish I had MORE chickens. I will be moving the girls to a 10 x 10 barn that used to be a horse stall and attaching a chain link run to the outside. I only have 7 chickens! They will feel lost in there. So the bright side is MORE CHICKENS!