I had been emailing back and forth with a person who shall remain nameless for about 1 week over a serama cockrel I had on Craigslist. He wanted to meet up today to pick the bird up, he was about 1 1/2 hours from me. I gave him 2 spots to meet and asked which one then waited to hear back from him. I get a call from him at 1:30 telling me he was at one of the meeting places I had mentioned. I said I thought he mentioned 2 pm and never got back to me on the location he preferred. I raced to the car with said bird whom is extremely fleighty btw and took off trying to make a 20 minute drive in about 10 minutes. I get there and get out of the car to meet him and he had a cardboard box in his trunk. I said ya better tape it up or your gonna have one wild bird running loose in your car. I get an email from the buyer at 4 pm approx 2 hours after I had sold the cockrel to him. He tells me the bird flew out of his trunk and down the block and was now lost in the neighborhood, wanted another bird asap. Didn't wanna go try to catch the iny little guy who wouldn't survive a night in the wild, just wanted to cut losses and make the trip back to buy another one and risk the same thing happening even tho he was made well aware of the fact this cockrel was nuts and would make a break for it. Now I put alot into raising my birds, lots of hands on so this cockrel was used to me but not a stranger. The thought of that poor boy being out there scared to death all by himself is literally killing me, I am floored the guy had the guts to ask for another! I am not comfortable selling birds to anyone who could care less about them if they happen to get loose like that. It breaks my heart to part with any of the birds here but sometimes ya just have to and this is what happens, then the guilt eats away at ya I understand things happen and birds have tragic ends but this is one WAS preventible. If the shoe was on the other foot and I paid good money for a nice bird I wouldn't just let my "investment" up and get away like that. I begged the guy to get out there with a few hens he could easily round back up and use them for bait but he just said ehhh he is lost, I won't be able to find him.... Am I wrong for feeling this way? am I wrong with caring about the homes my birds go to? How would YOU feel if something similar happened to you? Its one thing to loose one to a predator, or illness or what not but sheesh!