I posted this in the meat bird forum and although I received lots of views I didnt get a single response. I am at a total loss of what the "right" thing to do is. Here is what I posted: there is a commerical chicken house on my little county road and last week two of the birds escaped the truck that was to haul them off to be processed. The super nice farmer guy came by the house today and asked if I wanted them b/c if not he is required to dispatch them and put them in the incinerator. I said sure. I didnt really know what else to say. I now have two fat chickies in the isolation room. They are young enough they still make the baby chick peeps but they have feathers on their bodies, although you can see near the rear and under belly they are totally missing or thin. My question is this. If they pass the health check CAN they go on to be normal chickens or are they such abnormal birds that the humane thing is to kill them? I am fairly certain one is a cockeral and he will for sure go to freezer camp if he is. I hope they both end up being hens. What do you guys think? I've never had a meat bird so I dont know anything about them. Mr. Chuck said they are cobb crosses?? I think that's what he said.