Can I eat my dead Cornish rock?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jennbuker, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. jennbuker

    jennbuker New Egg

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    I've been raising meat birds - they go to slaughter in 3 weeks. I went to let them into their yard this morning and I found a dead on on the floor. There was a small spot of blood on her head near her eye / ear, but other than that she looks fine! She's still warm - and no rigor mortis has set in - so I'm assuming it happened very recently. Do you think she's safe to process & eat?

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.

    I wonder if she ate herself to death? I didn't unplug their light last night (it was raining HARD - bad excuse - I know....) and they still had food in their feeder....

    Jenn
     
  2. John Chicken GB

    John Chicken GB Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Rather you than me Buddy ! lol
     
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    I wouldn't eat it. I'm sure there are others who will jump in with more experience, but not knowing the cause and time of death, I would just dispose of it.
     
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if it had eaten rat poison put out by a neighbour?
     
  5. jennbuker

    jennbuker New Egg

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    They don't free range - they have a pen that keeps them safe from predators (and my darn dogs!). They are also kept inside at night - and my nearest neighbor is WAY far for a chicken to range anyway! So - rat poison is a no. [​IMG]

    I'm not going to eat her. I'll wait the 3 weeks for the rest of my birds.

    Thanks....

    Jenn
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I am not a fan of processing a bird found dead, You can't bleed it out at all and that's a big downer for me. Now you could still process it and feed it back to the birds with peace of mind.
     
  7. jennbuker

    jennbuker New Egg

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    I think I'll just toss her in the river and let some lucky 'predator' have her for lunch! I really think she died of natural causes, but I don't think it's wise to chance it!

    Oh well.... 23 left!
     
  8. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd feed her to my dogs since she was still warm.
     
  9. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not saying the OP should eat this bird, but a good brine soak will get the blood out of a dead bird. I do it with ducks, pheasants, turkeys etc. Soak the carcass for 24 to 48 hours in the frig. Change the water often.
     
  10. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not saying the OP should eat this bird, but a good brine soak will get the blood out of a dead bird. I do it with ducks, pheasants, turkeys etc. Soak the carcass for 24 to 48 hours in the frig. Change the water often.

    X2 I don't eat them, feed them to my dogs, but like every other hunter, have eaten the meat of a bird who's bleeding was mostly internal................................ carried around for a good portion of the day before processed.................... sometimes the gut having been perforated and contents leaked into the cavity. Most of us preferred if the shot pattern only hit the head, with almost no bleeding at all. I was never sick from eating any of that meat, or even knew of someone who had been.
     

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