Ok so here is the deal....been fostering my mom's chickens for months now, pretty much since June. It started out with we were fostering 6 of her laying hens, then it was all of her laying hens, total of 24-26 hens. My step dad put out the cost of building a brand new coop in my back yard to house my mom's chickens. In exchange, I get to keep the coop when the chickens go home. Well during that time I had a semi high risk pregnancy. The reason we agreed to foster them is because they were getting complaints about their chickens in their small town. Ok, because my mom didn't have a "proper" coop and they were getting out and chasing people. Mom has been buying all of the feed for her chickens. So no problem there. Well, in July my mom decides to order 25 more bantams from MM. Step dad flips out, so those ended up out here, too. We stuck them in a grower pen and I bought the feed for them. August comes and I kindly explain (or try to) to my mom that we are ready for her chickens to go home. I really want to spend more of my time focusing on my chickens and not having to worry about hers (I sound so selfish, don't I?). I also reminded my mom that my step dad promised us that her chickens would not be here over the winter. So mom agrees to buy the materials to build a proper coop at her place, but if she does the coop, she can't afford feed. Well, we told her we could manage the feed for the couple weeks of September since she would be taking them home when the coop was done. We were under the impression that they would only be here for the first 2 weeks of September once the coop was built. Mom gets the materials, my husband busts his butt getting the coop built. Chickens are still here, and she is planning on them being here until October So my husband told me to "grow a pair" and tell my mom to take her chickens home. It has started causing some contention between us. Mostly he is mad that he busted his butt building the new coop for her, and she is still not taking them home. I don't blame him. Her excuse is the outdoor run is not good enough to keep the chickens in, and being in town she has to have a completely enclosed run per the mayor. She can't help us with feed this month, and I understand that, and if I send them to her house, she still won't be able to afford feed for them. So I don't know what to do. Do I grin and bear it and hope she gets the outdoor run fixed next month or do I do as my husband says, and tell her to take them all home? She did take the 25 bantams home after the coop was done and has them housed in the new coop.