HI All, I'm the DH. I'm an engineer, not a farmer. Something got into our barn tonight (second night in a row), and killed a hen. It's way past my bedtime. The hen was still warm when I found it about 90 minutes ago. What's the bare minimum I can do to make it safe to eat so I can get to bed (I get up before 5AM)?
I've read 1000 opinions in the past hour, all different. I was always told you have to gut/clean/eviscerate animals asap. It's below 40 degrees outside. Can I hang it by it's feet until tomorrow night? What about the one killed last night, that's been in the barn since then (temp never got above 50 today)?
I'd like to not get my hands in the gooey parts this late at night. I saw that some people just peel the skin and cut the meat off the carcass.
If it matters, the predator just ate the heads and necks. Nowhere near as messy as I thought it would be, no blood splatters or pools. I did make two chalk outlines though.
So, if I want to salvage something edible, what do I do now?