Butchering

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by marewithcolt, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. marewithcolt

    marewithcolt Hatching

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    Hi! I'm fairly new at chicken raising. Today I took 8 Roosters in to be butchered. Much to my dismay 3 of my rare breed organically raised roosters died. I had them in a box overnight in my car since I was leaving early in the morning to take them to the butcher. The butcher said they probably overheated because my box was not well ventilated! I did not consider the body heat factor due to my inexperience.

    The butcher cut off the dead chickens heads right away. One didn't bleed out, 2 bled out slowly. I hate the thought of throwing away my investment. They were well cared for, free ranged and fed a lot of good organic mixes.

    Should I eat the ones that bled out slowly?

    Lesson learned. :-(
     
  2. bubra007

    bubra007 Songster

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    I wouldn't eat any of the ones that died from overheating in the box. You don't know how long ago they died for sure.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. I'm with bubra007 on this, I wouldn't take the chance. Just my opinion.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I would err on the side of caution and consider this a loss and move on.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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