I may not be posting this in the correct place, but here goes. I'm VERY new to chickens. A friend gave me a total of 14 hatchlings from her farm, ranging in age from 2-7 weeks. They seemed to hatch out in groups a day or 2 apart. In the middle of the hatchings there were 3 chicks born with deformed feet. The lady told me she had to help them from the eggs and believed that was the cause. I worked for her so daily I tried to stretch thier little feet and strenghten them but they really never improved. I'd say these chicks are about 5 weeks old now. They get along fine, but most likely won't be able to perch. I'm thinking I may put a small shelf for them to get up on, if I keep them. So ?'s are, what may have caused this? Could it be genetic? Is it inhumane to keep them or would if be better to eat them? Right now they are doing just fine, in with a group of 11 and eating well, running well but I know nearly nothing about birds. Will this become a bigger problem as they get bigger? I'm still undecieded about keeping a rooster but if I did could these bird pass on this deformity? Thanks once again for all your help!!!! I'm a horse rescuer, converted bird lover, trying to learn and do what is best for my birds! Thanks!