I've not had chickens that long. I love keeping them and incubating and hatching. I love having fresh eggs and a source of fresh meat. (not that I'm able to process any meat or think I will ever be able to) The problem is I know the rest of my family isn't into it at all. I have gotten my husband to construct a partially completed coop. (I just don't have any decent roosts and the roof leaks) I am the only one who will gather eggs, feed, water etc. It's the same way with my garden. I can get a little bit of help when it's tilling time but as far as the planting, weeding, watering, picking and processing of my garden I'm the only one that does it. My husband is a junk food junkie and doesn't even eat the stuff I put up. I can pasta sauce, italian peppers, pizza sauce among many other things and when he is at the store he buys the store bought stuff. He even bought fresh peppers at the store this summer when I had over 100 pepper plants growing in the garden and ready for harvest. I really enjoy gardening and poultry keeping but I wonder if it's really worth it. I hurts my feelings that he does not consume the items I grow. His parents kept a garden all his life and they would never go out to eat and everything was made from scratch and home canned products and I wonder if he resented not being able to eat out etc and that is why he is like this. He brings so much crap in the house. Potato chips, processed sweets, pop, fish stix, hot dogs, pre-made pizzas. When I cook it never gets eaten and he always resorts to this garbage food. I admit I eat it when it's in the house but I get so irritated when he brings it in. I figure why should I cook and waste my time and money when no one will eat it. I usually stress at night over my poultry and make the decision to get rid of it at night. But the when I wake up in the morning I change my mind. I just don't know why I'm spending so much money on feed, so much of my time for something that no one wants or appreciates but me. I will come home from work on days that he has off (he works for school board so snow days he is home) He will not have even went out to give fresh water to the ducks or chickens or to check on them at all. I will go out after work and the water for the ducks is frozen. I've even asked him to check on them while I'm at work and he 'forgets' or sends one of the boys and they do not freshen water or it does not get done. Thanks for reading, I guess I'm just wondering if there is anyone else who is "in this by themselves" so so speak.