MIL was here over the weekend and I brought two of the chicks out to show her. I put a towel down on the couch and let the chicks run around on it - of course they pooped immediately. She was all 'ewww how dirty. your kids are going to get sick', etc. etc. Well, the kids were in bed so that wasn't even an issue... I HATE it when people are ignorant and then act like it's the most disgusting thing in the world to have chickens in your house. Oh, and she used to own chickens (20+ yrs ago though) - I would have thought her attitude would be a little different. I just told her that no, my kids won't be rolling around in chicken poop but they WILL be playing with them and helping me care for them. I also told her that I am a firm believer in letting kids get down and dirty - it will only help their immune systems. The whole time she was here she was nit-picking the kids (they're 1.5 and 3.5) and playing games on the computer..she never once actually played with them. What's UP with that? That's my rant for the day. Thanks for listening.