I hope this is the right place to post this. My neighbor and I decided we'd keep hens for eggs and then butcher to eat the older hens and replace them w/younger egg layers. She's now ready to butcher her RIR hens and replace them. Is it safe to eat or normal practice to eat hens if Marek's is "everywhere?" Would you or have you eaten chickens that have lived w/a bird that showed any type of the symptoms? Last year I had a pullet die because she was so swollen and I wasn't sure what did her in. This past year I've watched my flocks for symptoms closely. ***A one year old roo now has what I think are dry, opposed to wet pox aka black and gray things on his comb and wattles. ***I have never vaccinated my birds. I am ready to order meat chicks now. I plan to keep the meat chicks in a coop with run on the other side of the house from where all the other birds are but the coop is my eldest that I received from another previous chicken flock owner. Last year I hosed it down and splashed clorox all over and plan to do the same again before the meat chicks come. ***I raised some pullets for my neighbor to replace her hens that are now laying this past week. I planned to take them to her coop tonight (she lives right behind us in the neighborhood) so the move won't be as stressful as it would in the daytime for the birds if she has carried through and butchered her hens today. We are in the process of learning, only having had flocks going on our third year. I took some veterinary assistant classes (husbandry and nutrition and a few others) prior to getting birds but feel I need these questions answered because we might need to adjust our plans? What should I do w/my young roo? Butcher and dispose of him? Let the disease run its course? I'd rather protect my main flock, the Buff Orps and my main BO Roo.