My girlfriend is a good woman, she's a little obsessed with rare chicken breeds right now, but she's a good woman and gives people the benefit of the doubt in almost all situations. When I heard what happened to her over the past week, it made me angry, but I'm wondering if this is common in the chicken business. So I'll get to the point. She found a small chicken breeder through social media and was overjoyed when she found out she would be able to buy a hen of this breed (I won't mention which one because I don't think it matters in this situation). When she went to meet the breeder, the cost of the chicken had somehow inflated to three times what she was quoted in an email message. She thought maybe it was just a misunderstanding because in the message the breeder had mentioned that there was a feathered pullet and a chick that was a little over a week old for sale. The pullet was sexed, the chick was not, therefore the difference in price. So she brought the pullet home and it was puffed up like it was either cold or suffering from some sort of illness, and there was something wrong with its eyes. They seemed squinted, or at least one of them did. The pullet was lethargic. She immediately offered the chick high protein (30%) game starter mixed with (20%) chick starter and water that was dosed with a small amount of Bragg';s apple cider vinegar. The chick pooped liquid, amber/tan colored poop, along with other poop that was a little more solid. The container that she brought the pullet home in was soaked with this poop. She photographed the chick and the eye problem and emailed it to the breeder, who said it might be droopy eye. She recommended electrolytes. I made a special trip to the feed store that evening to buy the electrolytes for poultry at Tractor Feed. My girlfriend and I were both worried the the pullet wouldn't make it. But it survived, and is eating and we hope drinking the medicinal water. My girlfriend wanted the young chick that was originally offered by the breeder for much less money, because she didn't know when she would come across this breed again, or at least not locally. They are for sale by designer chicken breeders online for an outlandish price. She hoped that by offering to take the young chick that the breeder might offer the chick for free considering the pullet which she had paid through the nose for was sick. So she went out to meet the breeder but when she got there, the breeder wanted twice as much for the young chick than what she had asked previously. My girlfriend, not wanting a confrontation, especially on the breeder's territory, decided not to protest and to pay for the chick and resolve herself not to do business with the breeder again. When she questioned the price the breeder said it was because of the chick's age, but the price she originally quoted was literally only 2 or 3 days old. My girlfriend is a person who doesn't like confrontations, and being new to this area wants to keep things friendly with the locals. She brought the chick home and it seems to be okay, a little docile but not sick ,like the pullet. She has the pullet under lights and on Poultry Drench, ACV and electrolytes. It still has a droopy eye, and in my opinion is not a very attractive bird. I don't know what all the fuss is about with this breed. They are supposed to be social and docile. To me, it just looks sick. It could be the eyes, but it wouldn't win any ribbons if I was judging. My question is should we just chalk it up to experience, we're not used to buying chickens from breeders. I've either hatched my chickens or gotten them from my neighbors, family or the local feed store. Aside from a few problems with roosters fighting, and predators, its been pretty easy and stress free. They are low maintenance livestock. Or, should we leave a negative review so this doesn't happen to other people? We don't want to hurt anyone, but we don't want anyone else to be hurt in this way. I believe like the designer chicken breeders this woman is taking advantage of my girlfriend's desire to have something rare and beautiful. Thanks for reading through all this.