It kinda bitter-sweet. I've had my wonderful chickens for a year now and I've really gotten into gardening. Me and my SO are getting married in October and we want to get our own place. Being college students, we both know that our best option for a first home is to get a small apartment. Although we will marry in October, we have decided that we will not move out until he has finished paying off his student loans and I have caught up on my medical bills (Im having my gall bladder taken out on June 8th). We have 600 dollars left on our SUV and them we will own our car. We want to be as debt free as possible before trying to make it out on our own. He should have his loans paid off by next may. I want to have my own home and be the "queen of my own coop" so to speak, but I know it comes at a price- the chook and the garden have to go. Has anyone eles had to let thier babies go? How long were you chicken-less? I know it will be a long time before we will be mature enough and experienced enough to look for a perminate settlement. Im sure I not the only person who has had to give up thier hobbies and pets for a while. I guess the shock has finally set in. Dose anyone have any advice for us just leaving the nest? Anything you would have done differently when you first moved out on your own? Also, dose anyone have any advice on letting the birds go? They (and BYC) have become a big part of my life. This is both an exciting and terrifying time!