Is brooding chickens inside your house ruining anyone else's family relationships? I certainly hope not. But for me it is. I'm 21 and I do still live at home. My Mom wants me to stay there until I have a steady income and can choose to have my own place or until I get married(hopefully). I know it's not "the norm" for nowdays, but I don't mind it at all. It's the house I grew up in, and I have never desired to get as far away from my family as possible. My Mom and I are usually really close...but the problem is my father. He only lives here part time at best, he bought another house 30 minutes away to live in. He is still married to my Mom. I'm mnot exaggerating when I say that ALL he does is go to work...when he feels like going...come home, and drink liquor and smoke stuff. He hangs out all the time with my 19 year old little brother and my bro's friends who are the same age. He spends all his evenings with my bro and friends...but when he comes to this house, he walks right past me and greets my dog instead of me. I'm not kidding, and nothing I say here is an exaggeration or misinterpretation, it has been going on for years. We don't speak, and he doesn't have a clue about anything concerning me except for my chickens. I am finishing up brooding a couple of small batches of chickens in my bedroom, as well as my young ducklings. They are all kept inside my bedroom with the door closed, they are kept very clean, and he has never even looked at them a day in his life. Hell, he wouldn't even know they were there if I hadn't been fixing up the entire coop and building a run with just my mother's help as he sits around drinking with pre-adults. Anyway, every time he comes home forthe past few weeks, he completely ignores what I have done to prepare for the rest to move out, and if he DOES say something, it's that me putting up 100's of feet of aviary mesh as a run cover only took a couple hours, so it's no big deal. I even secured it to every branch and trunk of the giant old cedar tree in the middle of my run. WANT TO TALK ABOUT TAKING A COUPLE HOURS??!!! I've gotten used to him being nasty to me over the past several years, but today he really set me over the line. When I woke up today, my Mom called and informed me that I HAD to get them outside because my father said I'm a "Crazy Effer", although I assure you he didn't just say effer, and a few other equally nasty things including stupid or idiot, she couldn't remember which, because I am brooding my babies in the house. Now, either I am waaaaay off, or that is NOT something a father should EVER say about his daughter. Sometimes I wish I didn't know the things he said, but on the other hand, I want to know when someone says that stuff about me, I don't care who it is. We haven't gotten along in years, ever since I was a teenager and dated a boy who was 19. I'm not kidding, that was when I heard him say "I wash my hands of her, I'm not raising her". Things have never been good after that, and they just progressively get worse. He thinks I'm "naive" for refusing to drink and thinking things like Pot are bad. He positively HATES the fact that I love animals an keep them in my room. It's a passion HE introduced me to as a kid when he still loved animals!!! I know it sounds funny, but the only thing I have ever done to cause my parents grief is keeping animals and dating older boys. I swear that's it. My brother, on the other hand, has caused legal trouble several times and does a lot of stuff he really shouldn't do be doing. He has also caused a lot of family fights due to his actions. Don't get me wrong, I'm really close to my little brother. My issue is that my father thinks it great tht he used to get in trouble all the time, wheras I've not caused him any grief. I did ballroom dancing every night throughout my teenage years!! I just have to vent this to you guys because I really have no one else to talk to about it. Am I crazy for being so upset and crying(that NEVER happens) over how he talks about/treats me?? Should brooding chickens always cause problems like this? Should I just ignore what he says and does?? I'm so upset and frustrated right now I just can't stand it.