Why is it that whenever I mention the fact that I love chickens, and am planning to hatch them, people react with: "Ew, chickens? Why?? Those things are disgusting! People won't want to be your neighbors or anything!" or, for instance, my parents: "Shelley, you've made some pretty stupid choices during your lifetime, but chickens? I LOVE chickens. I'm fed up with people coming at me on all sides saying that they aren't good pets or animals.