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Chickens, the gateway livestock.

Five tips on buying healthy grown birds.

1) Eyes, Waddle , Beak

- Eyes should be clear and nostrils free of discharge.

- Comb and Waddle should be clean and red.

- Beak should be well formed and not over grown.

2) Feathers should be smooth and soft with a sheen, check for lice

3) Check legs, these should be smooth. Scaling and lifting is a sign of lice.

4) Feel the crop. A bird that is eating should have a full crop midday.

5) Check the Vent, it should be pink, smooth and clean.