First, I'm not trying to start a flame war. I think that most BYC folks take good care of their flocks. I'm not sure the person whom I got the roosters from didn't feed them. I picked up four roos today from a person who didn't want to spend the money to feed them through the winter. I can understand that. She said they were too skinny for butchering, but were dual purpose birds. Fair enough. I was told they were free range with layer feed. Okay. I picked them up and they're young and pretty things, but they are skinny -- I could feel no meat on their bones. So, I put them in the pen with the turkey and the ducks after clipping their wings and brought in about 5 lbs of food and poured it in the bowls. I also filled the two big water bowls and let them relax a bit. Tonight after dinner I go out to refill all the waterers. The waterers are drained dry by these birds (the turkey and ducks still have a pail that had some). The food bowl was COMPLETELY empty. I usually don't see it empty until the next day or so. When I handled the roos tonight to get them used to me, I could feel their crops were stuffed full. My other chickens don't eat like this -- yes, they eat, but not like this. These birds eat like my turkey! I'm wondering if maybe I should deworm them and if perhaps the person who free ranged them really didn't feed them but just let them forage. People in my area aren't wealthy by any stretch and its common for people to give away animals so they don't have to feed them in the winter. I'm wondering how many people think free range = no food bills. I mean, I spend about $40 a month feeding my poultry because I don't free range, but I do give grass, dandelions, weeds and table scraps. I'm not perfect in caring for my animals, but I always make sure they have food of some sort. Is not feeding an animal and calling it free range common? I'm really not sure poultry can get all the necessary nutrients from grazing. OTOH, I didn't see anything in behavior that was bad and the birds are very sweet. I can pick them up and examine them without much of a fuss.