Butchering a Easter Egger Roo with MITES?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chris_m90731, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I've come to the conclusion my two roosters just can't cohabitate peacefully. And since I raised both of them and feed both of them and taken very good care of both of them...I've decided to slaughter one of them.
    The only problem is, the one I want to slaughter and eat, has a ton of MITES!
    Can anyone advise me if it's safe to eat a bird in this condition?
    Other than the mites, he's perfectly healthy.
    Robust;
    Plump;
    Mean as heck; [​IMG]
    an EE;
    about a year old;
    and eats a TON of cracked corn.
    I'm familiar with butchering a chicken - done it twice - but never a rooster.
    Do they taste good?
    Well, I guess I'm drifting from my original topic...MY MAIN CONCERN IS THE MITES.
    GOOD or BAD?
    Thanks...[​IMG]

    pix of the aforementioned rooster.

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  2. chickeydee

    chickeydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not eat it I would get rid of the mtes and make him healthy before I slaughter him . Do your other birds have mites . You can dust them all I would even if they do not .
     
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  3. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fortunately my other birds are mite free. maybe i'll just let him loose in the canyon...[​IMG]
     
  4. scarter

    scarter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let him loose in the canyon? I'm sure your joking right? Why don't you slaughter him and just skin him? And roosters don't hold a candle to meat birds in my opinion but we still eat them.
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Yep, skin and eat him. No harm done! Do take care of the others with mites.
     
  6. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya... after the scald... they are gone. The outer layer of skin usually comes off when you pluck them anyway.
     
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with your roo decision. You might try ProZap poultry dust on the bums and under the wings of your remaining birds; I personally prefer this stuff (permethrins) instead of Sevin (carbaryl).
     
  8. protodon

    protodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just butchered a rooster this weekend that I suspect had mites. I just skinned him. He looked good enough to eat to me.
     

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