Well, I am SO glad that this newby read up on introducing new birds to the flock before getting more. About two weeks ago, we went to the Canton, TX trade days. I was told this was a good place to find chickens of all types and since there aren't many breeders that I know about in Central Louisiana...thought it would be a good idea. I was too impatient to wait on chicks and pullets so went to Canton looking for Buff Orpington and Silver Laced Wyandottes. There was a guy that had a lot in cages and the birds were large. They were located in the main chicken alley and had posters to share from a hatchery but I am not sure that they were from the hatchery itself. We bought them and brought them home...isolated them...thank goodness!!! One seemed very listless and although she did not have particular symptoms that I have been told to watch for...she just wasn't right. There is the possibility that she got too hot on the way home but would she have lived this long if that were the case? The others seem okay....they don't lay at all and upon looking closer... I think they are spent hens. We have put them in the chicken tractor outside to see if they can earn their keep there for awhile but I am very disappointed. At least this time I was taken for the price of a hen instead of the price of a horse...HA! Question...the one hen that was poorly died today. The others still have no symptoms and although they just don't seem to do what the other hens do that I have gotten from other places...like roost...stratch around alot...lay eggs, etc. They don't appear sick. Should I medicate them anyway?