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Guy says he's taking his chickens back after abandoning them over two years ago, what should I do?

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One of my former best friends in high school who I defriended shortly before graduation due to reasons I won't discuss, convinced my parents to take care of his chickens while he was in college, and gave them his coop and chickens. The agreement was that he would pay for all the food and supplies, and care for them while he was home. I knew the guy well enough to know this wouldn't work out so I told my parents not to do it but they didn't listen. Sure enough, my parents never heard anything from him or got any money in the over two years that they've had the chickens. However, my dad became attached and made the chickens his own. He put a lot of money and time into improving the coop and building a bigger run, as well as paid for food and bedding for over two years.

Just recently, he contacted my dad and said he's taking the chickens back at the end of April, like nothing just happened. You may ask why I care, and it's because my dad is really upset about it, but he's the kind of guy that just doesn't say no to anything. If I'm home, I would probably just call the police on him
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I would root up whatever receipts may still exist for things purchased, make a realistic guestimate of the amount of feed and bedding, etc. that the birds have gone through, calculate the amount of time spent caring for the birds and multiply it by whatever the local petsitters charge, deduct a reasonable amount for the eggs gathered, and present him with the bill, telling him he can have the birds after he pays it. If he makes a noise, tell him you will see him in small claims court. This guy is a user, and your dad has let himself be used - he shouldn't get taken, too.

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Originally Posted by Bunnylady View Post
 

I would root up whatever receipts may still exist for things purchased, make a realistic guestimate of the amount of feed and bedding, etc. that the birds have gone through, calculate the amount of time spent caring for the birds and multiply it by whatever the local petsitters charge, deduct a reasonable amount for the eggs gathered, and present him with the bill, telling him he can have the birds after he pays it. If he makes a noise, tell him you will see him in small claims court. This guy is a user, and your dad has let himself be used - he shouldn't get taken, too.

That would be about the way to do it.  Heck, after 2 years of feed and bedding bills times the pet sitting fee, should be enough that it would be cheaper for him to just get a new coop and chickens.  Not to mention the improvements in the coop and the run.  That ain't cheap.  

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I would tell him to get lost. There's probably no proof that they were ever his?
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Originally Posted by Farmer Mike S View Post

One of my former best friends in high school who I defriended shortly before graduation due to reasons I won't discuss, convinced my parents to take care of his chickens while he was in college, and gave them his coop and chickens. The agreement was that he would pay for all the food and supplies, and care for them while he was home. I knew the guy well enough to know this wouldn't work out so I told my parents not to do it but they didn't listen. Sure enough, my parents never heard anything from him or got any money in the over two years that they've had the chickens. However, my dad became attached and made the chickens his own. He put a lot of money and time into improving the coop and building a bigger run, as well as paid for food and bedding for over two years.

Just recently, he contacted my dad and said he's taking the chickens back at the end of April, like nothing just happened. You may ask why I care, and it's because my dad is really upset about it, but he's the kind of guy that just doesn't say no to anything. If I'm home, I would probably just call the police on him

tell  him he can have the chickens, but not the coop, since you had to rebuild it.  then get dad, so new chicks.

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I just started adding up some costs and it's pretty expensive. He goes through a bag of feed a month and a bag of shavings every two months, which averages about $25 a month. Just that alone is $600 for two years. The coop improvements I would say were at least $200, and then when you add up time it's easily pushing $1,000. I told my parents about this, and at first my Mom said "Well your dad is starting to get tired of the chickens anyway." My dad actually likes the chickens, but like I said my parents both have push over personalities. Then I explained to them that I can I can sell the coop with the chickens for around $500 if they actually don't want them, and that they just got used and you can't let people do that, and they agreed to it for now. The biggest reason why I'm not friends with him anymore is because he started using me a lot, so that's another reason why I can't let this happen other than my parents being upset

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Possession is 9/10 of the law smile.png unless he has a written agreement w your folks he's screwed. Plus you have quite the tab started if he was smart he'd walk away and start over.
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Originally Posted by yochickiemomma View Post

Possession is 9/10 of the law smile.png unless he has a written agreement w your folks he's screwed. Plus you have quite the tab started if he was smart he'd walk away and start over.

An eggcellent point right there about the written agreement or contract.  Heck, that would even prove that he hasn't paid the board bills for them as well if they had drawn something up.  

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