Can i still do something with it??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chicken7777, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Chicken7777

    Chicken7777 Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    North Jersey
    Hello everyone well our pet Cornish cross was found dead this morning lieing on his face in the coop. I really feel bad for the creature as we took care of him since he was a day old chick.
    We didnt buy him to eat it but to raise and see what its offsprings would be like but sadly he died....[​IMG]

    Now I wante to know though was his death a natural death or caused by of my pekin drakes used to be his bully but I always had my poor rooster in great conditions away from that bully!

    But I wanted to know, would it be safe to eat him if possible to eat him?
    I wouldnt want to eat him but I wouldnt want it to go to waste either.

    I just found him dead this morning so it has not been long.

    I appreciate the help guys, thank you!
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG] It is a good question that I'd like to hear what others think about.

    My friend had 2 chickens freeze outside on 0 weather. I was surprised she didn't butcher them, but she is more into pets than food. I figure a freezing death would be safe for human food.
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    No- DON'T eat it. It's always a bad idea to eat something that died of natural causes. In fact, I wouldn't eat anything you didn't kill yourself. Maybe if you SAW an animal kill it, you could consider eating it, but you don't know what kind of disease killed this bird, or how sick it was before it died. Unless your bird was out in the elements with no shelter, the cold probably didn't kill it- sickness did. Don't risk it.
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I would pass as well unless you knew 100% why it died and when and...under those conditions...I would pass
  5. brandywine

    brandywine Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    Don't eat what you didn't kill.

    If I was reasonably sure that nothing nefarious killed this bird, I might use it for dog food. Might.

    This is going to be an occupational hazard in keeping cornish cross birds as pets or with an eye to breeding. They just aren't designed to survive.
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    you can bury him under a tree.. they make good fertilizer....
  7. warhorse

    warhorse Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    Cibolo, TX
    With homegrown animals, I never eat anything that I didn't actually kill or process myself. You just never know. Especially since you don't even know how long the carcass has been there.

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