My SO is a pack rat and doesn't spend a dime extra if he doesn't have to. I think it's a sickness, he disagrees. I've come to terms with not having any storage space while we have cabinets filled with empty glass mayo jars 'just in case we want to start canning some day' I am drawing the line at freebie chickens though! Tonight he called me from work with his latest money-saving bright idea...he said if I want chickens I shouldn't waste all my time and energy researching the different breeds, nope. He'll just ask a neighbor that has commercial chicken houses to save us a few chicks the next time the trucks deliver them. *UGH* I patiently explained to him that I didn't want meat chickens, I want egg layers. He stated that the meat chickens from the commercial houses will lay eggs too; they are just never allowed to get old enough to do so in the commercial houses. Okay, so that didn't work. I patiently explained to him that I didn't want those brainless (sorry) creatures that are 'manufactured' at the commercial hatcheries to be someone's dinner and nothing else. He stated that chickens aren't the brightest creatures no matter what their purpose. Okay, so that didn't work. Finally, with a heavy sigh I explained to him that when I got to talkin to the people of the BYC boards and they asked me what breeds I had I didn't want to have to tell them that I got the WHATEVER FELL OFF THE BACK OF THE CHICKEN TRUCK breed. I think I've won the argument.