I am new to raising meat birds. Actually wasn't planning on it until next year. I have had layers now for 7 years. I was given 3 meat birds this spring when I ordered my layers for the spring at my local feed store. They are getting close to be ready to process but I haven't raised them as they should be. I have just kept them with my layers as I don't have a separate space for them as of yet, not until next year. They are gaining weight just fine and are active, however they don't have feathers down there back and on their rump. And the skin in red. Is this normal? They are cornish x. A friend of mine had the same breed and they were the same, lack of feathers and red skin. Are they ok to process or is there something wrong with them? They look gross, nothing like my layers who you just want to pick up and cuddle!