I've been having a run of bad luck with my flock and working hard to keep them healthy. I love my birds. Like most folks here I want more chickens! So my dad, whom lives 4 hours away, calls me last night and says "Do you want any more chickens?" Sure, I say. Why? His friend/petsitter discovered his neighbor moved away and left his chickens behind! Took the stuff, took the horses, left the chickens in the yard. Now my first worry was water, but they have a creek nearby, I am told. But here in the rainless summers free ranging doesn't yeild much, and no one is there to feed them. The have been wandering into other folks' yards, looking for food and the neighbors don't want them there. So Gerald (Dad's friend) is trying to coax them into the coop with cracked corn to catch them. Dad would keep them, but his dogs would kill them. Of course I agreed to take them... sight unseen. It is a month till I was planning another visit- despite my intense desire to go pick up my kitten (born to a stray my dad took in) but now I wonder if I should go sooner? I don't need'em, but I want them! Apparently I have agreed to take in a rooster (who is said to be beautiful) a hen, and 4-8 chicks. I know nothing else about them. Size, color, comb type, age, and breed all mysteries! And now here I am working myself up, trying to imagine how anyone could possibly abandon any of the wonderful chickens I am imagining. I am hoping they are a breed I want. I really don't want to take on bantams... I am rather enjoying my flock of mostly dual-purpose heritage breeds. I don't need another roo... and don't know his temperment either. I hold out little hope they are anything more exotic than barred rocks, but maybe? How could anyone be so....negligent? All it would take is a freecycle/craigslist post to get them a home. Leaving a domestic creature to fend for itsself is all but condeming it to death. Once you are responsible for a life, that's it. The responsibility is there. If you don't want it any more, the mature thing is to end it, not run away and forget it. Rehome or butcher. Don't let it suffer! Course, in this case it seems to be working out ok, I get free chickens! Still though... nasty people!