Any reason not to eat chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by crunchyfarmbaby, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. crunchyfarmbaby

    crunchyfarmbaby New Egg

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    We discovered this morning that one of our roosters' feet were completely frozen. The rest of our 30+ birds are totally fine, so I can only assume something was already wrong with him. After thawing his feet out and assessing the damage, it was clear he wasn't going to make it. In addition to the frostbite, he pooped bright neon green while inside. Obviously he was ill. We culled him this evening. My question- since we don't technically know what "killed" him - is it safe to eat him? Is there any disease or sickness he could've had that would go into the meat? Sorry if it's a stupid question- we only recently started eating our culled birds, so I'm probably over paranoid.

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  2. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    if you think he was sick, do not eat it.
     
  3. crunchyfarmbaby

    crunchyfarmbaby New Egg

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    That was my gut instinct ocap. Thanks for the fast response.
     
  4. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    my dad took us hunting and would eat the wild rabbit if and only if the liver looked healthy, any sign of illness he would let the ants have it.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If I don't know why a bird died, I won't eat it. I will use it for fertilizer, bury the carcass in the garden or near a shrub, tree, etc.
     
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