Okay, so this is a little bit of a venting thread but maybe someone out there has been through this and can offer some advice. Since DH and I got married 8+ years ago we've said that someday we'll build a house on a 6-acre piece of land less than a mile from where we live now. We love where we live now but the 100+ year old house is not worth putting money into fixing. Plus our cattle are housed on the current site and I don't care to put $100,000+ into a remodeling project (figuring new siding, windows, basement and an addition) just to have a modest old house that overlooks a dirty, smelly feedlot. The good thing about where we are now is that I can have all the animals I want, we have plenty of outbuildings to house them and one more chicken doesn't really make the place smell that much worse. So, despite the rotten ecomony, DH and I are blessed with decent stable jobs and it's looking like it might be a good time to think about building that "dream" house...(My dream house now is something that actually keeps the wind from blowing in.) I've come to the realization that if we move, my goats will have to stay at the old place...DH thinks they're too smelly to have at our new house...I beg to differ, but oh well, they'd be close enough to tend on a daily basis anyway. Yesterday he dropped the bomb...before he signs a note on a new house all the chickens must be gone, I thought that's fine, they'll stay at the old place with the goats, but no. He means no more chickens AT ALL! He's never really cared for my poultry but he tolerates it. He hates their fresh eggs and makes me buy "real" eggs from the store for him to eat. I just don't get it. It's been absolutlely eating me up inside. I can't stand the thought of not having chickens to entertain me. I love looking out the window to see the them happily scratching and dust-bathing in their coop, and the joy of the daily treasure hunt when we go to gather eggs. So I'm torn, maybe DH will come around. It doesn't seem fair though.