Hey guys, I've never visited this part of the site before - I only have six chickens and have never had any other fowl. But. I recently visited the local produce store who take 'pride' in having a mini-farm down the back (not in any condition I would be having on view to the public, but my concerns were shrugged off when I first messaged them). Some birds and poultry are for sale, some are free-rangers and I'm not sure about the pigs, sheep, cattle, goats etc in the small pens. But there's this one duck in particular that caught my eye (and my heart). It was being kept apart from the other ducks, had barely any feathers in which it looked quite young but it was about the size of a 17 week old pullet (comparing to some of my girls). It looked as if it had difficulty standing and supporting it's own weight, was being kept in a small open-bottomed enclosure on the parking lot tarmac, with some straw as bedding and access to a little chick waterer but no pool with about six baby pheasants that would peck at its beak while trying to eat. It also had laboured breathing, sounding very raspy and looked as if it was almost fighting to breathe. I have sent a message to the store, asking for more information on this duck/drake - breed, gender, age, why it's separated/what may be wrong with it, if it's treatable etc - but that was only this morning so I have not yet heard back. My question in the meantime is - would this duck be worth purchasing? I don't care if it's a duck or drake, I just want to get it out of that place. But if it's something I just won't be able to treat, I also don't want to run the risk of bringing it home to my other girls in case it spreads and the duck ends up passing away soon after bringing it home. Of course it would be confined/kept isolated from the girls we have now for a few weeks, but...would I be buying it to give it a better life it will be able to live, or is this poor thing already knocking on deaths door?