I doubt they are from any kind of show winning chickens or even quality..
How do you ask someone the quality of their chickens?
Do you say...
Of what quality are your chickens? (that just doesnt sound right to me..)
It all comes down to what you are looking for in your chickens. Do you want to show? Do you want good layers? Temperament? Vitality? Coloring? And so on. If this is someone that lives near you and you can visit, then see if the parent stock meets your expectations. Check on the breeding history. What past hatches have been like and if coloration is correct for the breed. What are the generational qualities that are passed down, good and bad.
Rhode Island Reds have a notion to be awnry, especially the roosters that is why a lot of people will go with New Hampshires instead. Basically the same chicken just a better temperament.