Sorry gotta vent. This guy pulls up today....after having seen my Farm Fresh Eggs sign out front......says he bought 6 chicks about a month ago at TSC and isn't sure they are working out. Says it was an experiment and they want to see if they'll lay eggs. He thinks they've outstayed their welcome and wants to know what his options are. So i say, "Sir, you should've thought about that BEFORE you bought the chicks" The 12ish yr old daughter with him says "they WERE so cute". So I ask him what kind they are? Where did you get them? TSC....big surprise.... Did you get them from the pullet bin or straight run bin? "Whaty does that mean?" he says. So I take him down to my coop and ask him if they look like my 8 week old RIR's....yes. I point out the roo's and the hens, tell him what to look for. Explain to him that they will not lay eggs until about 20 weeks. He grunts and doesn't think he can wait that long. Where are you keeping them? "Well....they free range during the day and they go in the coop at night." The little girl chimes in, "we lost one though, not sure how." Then he says, "we ran out of food about a week ago, but they eat lots of grass and bushes....is this enough?" I say, "they really need to be on chick starter to grow properly, free range is not sufficient for them, especially here in Massachusetts where things are just starting to turn green" At this point the girl sees my horses and asks about ponies..... This is where I say, I really need to get back to making dinner. So as we are walking back to the house, he asks if I'll take them now? I say, sorry but I have 53 birds and that is enough for me. I suggest he put an ad on CL and surely he can find someone to take them. I really feel bad for those little chicks. 4 weeks old, free ranging alone and probably freezing at night. Why don't people think?!?!