I have friends who feel their home just isn't 'homey' without a dog. That is how I feel about my chickens. LOL We lost our last flock to raccoons while we were living in the rental house, although we went home daily to feed and water. This fall,we were given three black Astrolorpes and a rooster. Big, beautiful birds. The girls just began laying! Happiness is finding the first new eggs in a nest!