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can i eat a chicken that was killed by a rabed fox.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by farmgirl35, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. farmgirl35

    farmgirl35 New Egg

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    I know that seems like a crazy question, but I've a fox that is slaughtering my chickens left and right. It seems the same shame to waste a good chicken, or what's left of it. Would be safe to eat it if I boiled it ?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    If the fox is indeed rabid, I wouldn't risk it. I'm sorry about your fox problems. [​IMG]
     
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  3. the poppster

    the poppster Chillin' With My Peeps

    What makes you think the Fox is rabid? Have you seen it? Foxes will kill and kill again...as long as they can get to the birds and nothing deters them...they will wipe out the whole flock...if it's truly rabid you don't want it around you or your birds...if you see it during the day and it doesn't seem to be afraid of you...maybe comes toward you..It might well be rabid...I wouldn't eat the dead birds or handle them anymore then I had to...incinerate them if possible...rabies is not something to be treated lightly...it sounds like it's on the rise in some areas...heard about some instances lately in New York state...raccoons attacking in broad daylight.
     
  4. hotmessJess

    hotmessJess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you remove the bite wound, cook to 165f, and handle as you would any other food safety issue, you will not get rabies. But, ew.
     
  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rabies can be spread from just the saliva getting on your skin. If the fox is truly rabid, use gloves or a pitchfork to handle the chicken carcass, and dispose of it.
     
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  6. hotmessJess

    hotmessJess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rabies won't go through unbroken skin, but can enter through touching mucous membranes, though very rare. So yes, gloves are always a safe bet!
     
  7. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, ok. Good to know.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You are right on the money. Common sense and the advice of my local animal control officer dictate that this is how to handle any animal suspected of being rabid.

    In the OP's situation, I doubt that the fox is rabid. It is just helping itself to an unprotected food source and will continue to do so until the flock is secured.
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed. Also, just seeing them during the day does not indicate rabies. They - like most predators - are opportunists and will eat whenever and wherever they can find an easy meal.
    OP, you might want to consider securing your birds for awhile if they're being slaughtered left and right. As long as that fox can get to them, it'll keep coming back. And if a fox can get them, so can other animals.
     
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  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Overrun With Chickens

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    Your response is entirely uncalled for. You don't need to be rude.
     
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