OK so we got our chickens at the end of May and have had a great time and lots of fun watching them grow. My issue is the chicken poo! We used to pick them up and now I am afraid of the smelly crap getting on me. I went to wrap up a hose and got a horrible blob on my hands and the stuff smells, really bad. I love a lot about the chickens but after this time, expense, worry about predators and no eggs yet, I am having some chicken regret. The lawn guy came and I have to keep them cooped up (sorry for the pun!). If we go away, we need someone to lock them in at night and let them out in the morning. I joke that we were crazy to get chickens being "empty nesters". Perhaps the regret will pass?