a chicken from a chicken house. We have a chicken house very close by that supplies chickens to our poultry plant. In the year of living here I have learned many things about country life. Unfortunately, it saddens me to learn what goes on at some of these places. I never really paid much attention before being a city girl, since I never owned chickens myself and had no idea on the process as to how that chicken made it to my grocery store. We befriended the owner and a full time worker at this poultry farm by our house. The man who resides onsite there 'schooled' us on how they raise the chickens for fast food chains, stores, etc. He also explained how after some many days (depending on the size requested from the buyers) workers come into the farm to catch the chickens, over 100,000 chickens, put them into cages on a semi truck and then they are hauled off to the poultry plant. However, some of the chickens elude capture whether they are run over or they are just missed. I am bothered by the whole process but especially that the leftover survivors are left to die whether it be by dehydration, starvation, predators or from the injuries sustained from the chaos avoiding capture. These birds are clueless since they don't know any better. The chicken houses are left open, so they will just mosey on out having no idea on the danger that awaits. Last week we went to visit the man who works there and saw one of the chickens just walking around outside one of the houses. I just had to try and get it, I felt so bad for it. So we caught it with no problem probably since it hadn't had food or water in two days. Went home put it into a cage with food and water hoping I was doing the right thing. Doing the right thing meaning, would it have a chance since it had been fed steroid induced feed since it's been alive? I have heard they will get to big for their legs to hold the weight since it is in their genes to get meaty, and they are not expected to live long enough for this to happen since they are raised to butcher while they are still young. And they will not blend in with an existing backyard flock. True?? The man at the chicken farm stated that there were 15 chickens left over which is normal, but seriously I can't save them all. I have learned to avoid visiting that place after 'collection' days. In all honesty wouldn't it be more humane to a least kill the left overs and not leave them to just suffer like that? I hate the idea of any animal suffering, it just breaks my heart. So far "Clover" is eating, drinking and pooing in a dog cage on our backporch. It seems to be doing good minus missing feathers that look like they were pecked out. We've had her for a week now. I believe she is about 30 days old. I have hens that I am introducing to the flock in a couple days since I was waiting for them to get bigger to help reduce getting picked on too much, and moving Clover into the hutch the hens were once in. So she will be isolated but at least alot more room than a dog cage. So in your expert opinions does she have a chance of making it long term? Am I just prolonging the inevitable? Any advice would be appreciated.