I live in a very rural area. We've lived here 15 years and seen all manner of stray and wild animals come through. Goats, cows, pigs, chickens, deer, fox.. you name it. They move on and usually don't come back. We are very strict about food waste etc so not to encourage.. About 2 weeks ago some chickens came by... they won't leave. I asked the neighbors and they say chickens will move on when they are ready... There is 1 neighbor that has chickens close by.. but claims ignorance about these chickens. They are very pretty... and seem friendly (we have offered no food!). They won't leave. There is a tree by the driveway that they are sleeping in... during the day they circle the house scratching in the grass and hiding under the porch. We've had bad weather and they still won't leave.. I think they must not have a home to go back to? Questions: Are these chickens abandoned, or are they lost? I worry they have a home, but can't find it? Is it possible for them to survive in a tree through the winter? (we get lots of rain and some ice, lows in the 20's some nights) Husband and I (mostly me) are concerned about them and the worry is getting stressful. Should we build them a house by the tree they like? What is the etiquette for stray chickens? My heart is breaking for them, am I being silly? It's 4 males and 3 females, here's a pic of them on the porch rail.. I usually shoo them away because I dont want poop on the ramp,, but feeling sad for them..