I dont know if its just me or if im over exaggerating over the whole thing, but in the last few months i havent had good experiences buying chickens from other people and its very aggravating! First I seen an ad on local craigslist about young laying hens for sale, went looked at them real quick (because of the condition of the barn and the room they were in) anyways I bought what he had of the rhode islands and I couldnt get out of there fast enough! Well then I got home and looked them over real well only to find 1 with scaley leg mites that I had to treat. A few days later 3 of them had puffy eyes and respiratory illness. They where all treated, but I thought how could someone sell someone else sick birds? Especially knowing I have other birds on my farm that could also get sick? I couldnt do that. Who knows maybe he didnt know. So i told myself im not buying laying hens or older chickens from anyone anymore I just cant risk it! So let's fast forward to just a couple days ago, a lady had an ad on craigslist boasting about her farm and birds and how theyre not hatchery stock ect. Had me convinced I was driving almost 2 hours away for some real quailty chicks. So I get there and mind you this is a well advertised business, not just someone on craigslist one time selling some hens. The barn was for lack of better words just discusting and covered in poo -your feet slid there was so much all over the floor. Some of the birds were locked in closed dark stalls with no light, it stunk, there were a few dead chickens laying in corners, It was awful! She had already picked me a cage of 7 one month old chicks that came from that barn, then I got 7 chicks from a incubator that just hatched and 9 from a brooder. When I got home and seperated each of then into thier groups, I realized one of the chicks that had just hatched was deformed. Then I realized all the 1 month olds that came from the barn seemed to have some sort of respitory illness. I confined and started treating the 1 month olds but ive already lost 2 and I dont have much hope for the other 3 It is so sad, I hate watching helpless animals die! Now that brings me to my rant and rave, how can people get away with this? How can you run a buisness treating your animals and buyer's like that? Im not saying im the most perfect person but my coop and barn are cleaned out and layered with new straw at least once a month, and Ive never had a sick bird I didnt buy that way. I just dont get it and im half way tempted to put it out there on a yelp review and have thought about calling someone to investigate the farm. I just dont feel that it is right to sell people sick birds, or falsly advertise your buisness as something it is not, or your birds as something they are not! What do you think?