Neglect means they are not physically taken care of. You cannot impose human characteristics like "being lonely for you" on a bird. No one ever said it would be neglect because the chickens would be lonely. Once again the original question was: I have a question about whether it's possible to raise a flock of healthy chickens while only tending them on weekends. That is the only reason I said neglect, he never mentioned on his first post that he would have someone taking care of them during the week. This same topic came up about a month ago and EVERYONE said the same thing that I've been saying. Where's everyone that agreed with me last time? Man! READ what the original question was and reread my posts.