I have just got back from a 50 mile drive one way to buy two bantam polish mix hens from someone who advertised on Craiglist as hand raised, very tame, and healthy chickens for a good home only In the emails exchanged with the seller she assured me of how well this chickens are taking care of and how she spoils them with snacks. So I was very excited about this trip. When I got there I found a small farm with few horses, two beautiful peacocks free range, few pigeons, and 20 or so mix breeds polish mix with a nice puff on their head (mostly roosters), some free range with access to a large barn. The lady of the house was not at home so I was left to deal with her husband, who apparently knew nothing about chickens. Everything looked ok until I saw the inside of the barn and then I knew there is got to be at least lice on those chickens. Of course I check them out and, yes, they where full of lice, but not skinny. Unfortunately one of the hens I went to buy had some very bad problems with her feet (one toe was broken, hanging on the side, very swollen, looked like a very bad case of bumble feet), while the other hen turn up to be a .....rooster . So you can guess my disappointment, also when I mention the lice, the husband was clearly offended and acted like he has never heard of any chicken parasites .yet they have chickens for years In the end, I looked at the other hens, and checked few others that had an interesting look but they where so wild that I could barely hold them in my hands (and those where supposed to be tame chickens). I end up buying one hen (at least I hope is a hen) who either has 5 toes or 4 toes and a very long spur? I know silkies have 5 toes, and since some of those chickens have some polish in them I didnt know if this one is supposed to have 5 toes or not. The hen is pretty wild, she flew out of my hands in the house, and went full speed in the window, almost give me a hearth attack , poor thing. I taught she broke her neck, but she seems to be fine now, she even ate something. I don't understand why some people do this. Since this chickens where free range during the day, if they would have a clean sleeping area, I'm sure they wouldn't have any parasites. In the few emails exchanged with the lady of the house she was telling me of how she spoils them with treats because she loves her chickens, yet she keeps them to sleep in a dirty barn with no nesting boxes, and proper set up.