I am buying four adult chickens on Monday, (RIR hens, various ages btwn 4 - 18 months) and I want to be sure the ones I'm buying are healthy before I pay for them. I've done some searches on the site, and have a list of things to check - please let me know anything else I should add to it! --Chicken is alert --Bright eyes, not watery or goopy --Solid legs, not flaky or wobbly or limping. Chicken can walk and run. --Feet apear to be healthy, no sore spots or open cuts --Healthy looking feathers (shiny, etc) --Skin not overly scarred (although a little scarring might be OK) No open sores. Blow on the feathers to see down to the skin, checking for little black bugs (mites) or other colors (lice). --Breathing is not noisy (no rattling, coughing) --Vent is moist and pink to red (so they don't stick me with a 6 year old chicken that won't lay anymore) --Comb is pink to red (pinker OK for young ones who aren' t laying yet) --If I see poop, it should be looked at for obvious worms (although worms are not a deal breaker, I'd want to know right away so I could treat it). Anything else a chicken newbie could tell quickly about a particular chicken that would indicate I do not want to purchase it? Thanks in advance!