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Can I use this paralized Turkey for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by neverbdone, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a BBB turkey that went down about 6 weeks ago. I did a molasses flush and he survived. However, his legs have been paralized ever since and his neck occasionally has control issues wings and everything else seems normal. I am assuming the original cause is long gone or this bird would no longer be with us. Can I safely use this bird for meat? Is there any sure way to tell when I cull him? Any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    do you have other options for using him w/o humans eating him?

    (dog food, cat food)
     
  3. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I have sold four and have four perfectly healthy birds that will go to that. But if it is OK to use this bird I was looking forward to my own first homegrown thanksgiving turkey. But, not if its dangerous in any way. The dogs are my children, so if I can't eat it how could I give it to the dogs? I guess I could leave it out for the coyotes thanksgiving dinner. The turk seems happy enough eyes are bright and eats like. . .well like a turkey. He moves himself around in a circle pretty well. Anyway is there any way to tell if its safe?
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd eat it.
     
  5. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    There is absolutely no reason not to butcher and eat this bird. The sooner the better for all concerned.
     
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    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

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  7. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Thank You BYC BUDS!!!

    Butchered yesterday and the cleanest bird I have seen. Who says BBB's have ugly skin. He looks beautiful. Done well and in the cool water ready for freezer camp. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and a 25 lb bird on the table for two hard working people, their friends and leftovers for the pups. Again, thanks for your input. [​IMG]
     

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