This is a 3 year old hen who we were thinking of processing this fall now that we have replacement pullets. We have 5 older hens and at least 3 of them need processed. She does lay eggs decently for an older hen, so was thinking of sparing her if I could get rid of the bumblefoot. I did research and performed the bumblefoot surgery, but couldn't find the kernel. There was a small kernel that came off with the scab. Went back in today and still couldn't find it. Her foot is still really swollen and I know there is more in there. BUT I don't want to put her through any more digging around in there as she was obviously in pain. If we process her can we still eat the meat since she has an infection? Or since it's localized to her foot does it matter?