I am into my first year with chickens and absolutely love the whole scene. I have definitely become a "Chicken Zombie" and almost all of my time is spent working/walking/talking and defending those glorious gals that give me breakfast. I am trying to convert my twin brother into raising birds at his house but so far, no good. I have recently thought of another way that my chicken addiction can help out a family member in need and let me know what you think about the idea. My father was one of 16 children as a young boy (he was #6) and, as you can guess, I have cousins that I have not met yet though I am 44! The cousins that were closest in age and geography to my family were Kenny and T. J., sons to my father's sister and my Aunt Barbara. They and her husband, my Uncle Beverly, were huge influences in my life and remained so until I was married and had my own family. Both Kenny and T. J. are fathers themselves (5 and 4 daughters, respectively). My Aunt Barb recently passed away and I was able to catch up with both of the cousins as they were living in VA (T.J.) and NC (Kenny). Kenny has fallen on hard times recently and had moved back to his hometown in SC which is very close to me. I learned from T.J. that his brother is struggling to find work and spends a majority of his day indoors on the computer, gaming. This was a shock to me as Kenny was always ambitious and outgoing, as well as a capable carpenter/plumber/electrician/handyman. I called Kenny the other day as I had an idea to get him out of his house, working on the many (almost never ending!) projects needed for my chicken enterprises. He agreed to come out one weekend in the next month to begin. I will soon start a second job and will be able to have regular hours for Kenny over several weekends to build my coops/runs, wire them electrically and so forth. I am tremendously excited about the chance to reconnect with a dear friend and family member and help him financially, socially and emotionally in his time of need. I think it is almost divine intervention, though I am not a very spiritual person, that this has come about in large part to this crazy love of chickens!! I wondered what you guys at BYC think about my plan and look forward to any comments/questions/advice. The BYC community has earned my respect for there vast knowledge, patience and creativeness. I am 'wowed' by all of the members here! Thanks for letting me get that out.