Well, I have decided to post this short story and question because I need some advise. I few years back I ment a breeder who raised the same species of bird that I did. We entered into a partnership of kinds where we jointly puschased some birds from other breeeders as a outcross to our lines. I moved my inqubator over to there house and for the first year we jointly hatched and raised some birds with my incubators and they paid the electricity. as they had many more breeds than I did. So, the next year rolled around and they where going away to a new job so they split up there birds between my place and another friends up the road. Well, I collected eggs from both sites and hatched and raised quite a few chicks. As the season went on they grew and turned out to be some nice birds. Come fall I sent them back over to there house with a relative to take care of because I had limited space. I do have a few coops and pens at my place which belong to them which I have offered to return. OK now the punchline, this past week I went to another breeder and purchased a beautiful rooster which I want to breed so I went to there house and requested 5 hens to breed to this rooster. (there are about 22 hens and six roosters total at there property). They had a fit saying that I wanted all the good birds and that they owe me nothing. OK, now there are always two sides to a story right? I hatched raised, fed, all of these birds. The parents came from stock from both locations. They may not like the fact I purchased the rooster from another breeder. I fail to think of another reason why? My questions, from my account above to should I have rights to the five hens? Should I just go buy more birds somewhere else and forget these? Should I continue to pursue a few of the hens which I raised back from them? I know this is long but I am truefully stumped.