Fight for your chickens, since they give you such joy... and I agree with what many others have said. Your family may take a while to process that you're gay but realize it doesn't change who you are. It may take weeks or months, hopefully not years, but if you keep the door open, chances are someday they will walk through. In the meanwhile, a (((hug))) to get over the speedbump in life's road... Also no reason to bail on the board. Last I checked, owning chickens wasn't a requirement!