I've rescued these chooks on the weekend. Friends bought a house and found 6 chickens all penned up in the backyard. We guess no one has been caring for them for quite some time as no one has been living in the house for over a month. Having never owned a chicken before I was hopping for some expert advice, so joined the forum. I've wormed them both, checked between the feathers for lice and mites and given them plenty of water and food. Thy seem happy enough (friendly), very noisy (clucky), and there stool seems health enough too. Im assuming the feathers will grow back now we have separated them from the 'peckers' and they are being feed properly. I guess the big question is will they lay and can you tell how old they are from the photos? I'm thinking they may have stopped already and this might be why someone left them behind?