Hi BYC, I have a problem and I need some advice. A family problem. Specifically, that my family hates my chickens. And it turns out, I am remarkably sensitive to stone-throwing and criticism and I just can't deal with it, to the point that I'm just about ready to throw in the towel after about six years of chicken-keeping. Here's the deal: my mother-in-law and my husband and my mother hate that the chickens poop in the yard. And I hate that they would be confined in a coop 100% of the time. I thought I'd be willing to have confined hens if I built a big enough coop, so this fall I made an 8x10...that's 80 square feet of run for 3 regular (not bantam) hens. My mother-in-law is in town visiting for Christmas and this morning I heard her griping to my husband about the fact that I let the hens out today for the first time in 3 days, which is in line with my maximum ideal confined time...about 60-70% confinement at max is what I am willing to accept. The hens are just so happy to get out and scratch and peck. You can tell that it is the ideal life for a chicken and that confinement is absolutely unacceptable to them. So I don't know what to do. One more complaint about how they come up to the porch and tap on the glass with their beaks and poop...it's true that it's gross. I have a dog who goes in and out and sometimes she steps in chicken poo and tracks a dry bit in. In my normal life I wipe it up and call it a day, but I can see how grandma would not be ok with that around a crawling baby. And I can't stand the dripping sarcastic tone about how she knows that it's totally unreasonable to ask for poop-free floors for the kids, but the only way to accomplish that in my backyard is with total confinement. And again, I'm unwilling to go that far. So what's the verdict? Am I crazy to think that 80 square feet is too small for 3 hens? Are they perfectly happy in there all the time and am I imagining their discontent? Or should I find them a new home in the neighborhood tomorrow?