I lost a meatie over the weekend. My question is, should I have processed the bird before it died? The problem started Sat. night when we had rain and wind. I don't know what happened to the little one, but one of the lights in the "coop" was busted and everyone was rather out of it when I went out in the morning. This little one was the most out of it. Lots of heavy breathing, not much movement. By Sun night, the poor thing was crying. In my heart of hearts, I thought maybe sleeping under the heat lamp for the night would help. In retrospect, I could have had a perfectly sized cornish hen and probably ended the suffering the bird went through. SO, not knowing what ailed the little chick, but clearly seeing that it wasn't doing well....could I have safely eaten the bird?