Hey! Ok, I got two birds. What a great experience. This farmer also keeps sheep, llama, goat, alpaca, cows, goose...everything. He had two three year old hens set aside for me: A barred rock and a rhode island red. 3 years old - I know, I should've asked for younger. ::shrug:: I'm just too excited. I even bought a dozen eggs from him. I'm keeping these chickens away from my flock. Anyway. The RIR has a really gross butt. It's missing feathers and it looks like her poo's been getting stuck. I'm including a photo. Her eyes are also a little watery. The BR looks fine. Both have broken/missing feathers on their backs, but I'm assuming that's from a rooster? The RIR hen also has large spurs. I had no idea females got spurs this large. As you may know, I'm pretty new to the chicken deal. Maybe three year old hens get bald butt like this? lol. Please look and let me know if she's ok to eat, or if she's sick?? Edited to update: This is now the following day....................... If anyone comes upon this post later on.... I did it. I killed and processed the RIR. You can read about it here . I feel bad looking at her photos actually. First time processing has been tough for me. I hope the next time is easier.