I am a step-mom to a 16 yr old teenage boy. Need I say more? He is going through an awful teenage phase, where its a struggle to get him to do anything, let alone clean up after himself! The chickens are a great distraction. We have periods where he gives me the silent treatment because I've said no to something, and life goes on with no help from me when hes irresponsible. I recently purchased 6 chicks from the store, to add to my flock. He took a short notice of them, before going back to ignoring me again. And hasn't said much to me since....and its been quite a few days... Then I found a rare breed from a local breeder, and couldn't resist buying an additional 4 chicks. I came home the other day, and in the silence of the living room, I heard my son say (in calm, questionable voice): "Jesus, the chickens keep multiplying!"