I just purchased two white/ cream americauna chickens from a lady in my area. They were on Craigs list. I did this sort of sight unseen. I met her this morning. The girls were dirty, one foot looked swollen. She said she came that way to her. I got them home and one breathed a deep raspy breath and coughed with snot. They are sick and I cannot put them in my flock. I asked her to take them back and keep the money, but she won't. I have her address and have a mind to drop them off there, but the drive to her house is 45 minutes of gas. I am not even sure she gave me a correct address, as when she started to give me an address, she then said she would meet me somewhere as there was some road block down in her area. Probably that she did not want me to see her place. These birds are now in a dog crate on my front steps. My birds are out back. So there isn't any contact. I don't know what I am going to do now. I gave them shavings, food and water. Learned a big lesson. I don't even know if you should butcher sick hens. Also they are PROBABLY not nine months old as she said. People lie so easily. She sounded so nice, but I guess sounding nice is not nice always. Should these hens been butchered if they are sick?