Can we eat a dead hen after a bird dog got her?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BlueMoon, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
    Scenic Verbank, NY
    Our mos beautiful Sumatra hen was killed a few hours ago by a visiting dog. Bird dog with a soft mouth - so she may have had a heart attack or internal damage. But she's in great condition otherwise.

    Regardless, can we eat her?

    I figure if it were a pheasant killed, it would be a similar situation as far as rigor mortis and blood.

    What do you think?
  2. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    Supposedly, you can eat it if it was killed by a dog or something, but, not if it just drops dead for no apparent reason.
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Eat it! [​IMG]

    Sorry about the bird though. [​IMG]
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    I have processed and eaten birds that were killed by a fox, hit by a car, or killed in some other mishap. As long as you process her while still fresh, she should be fine.

    The reason for not eating the ones that drop dead for unknown reasons is that they could have a disease, or may have ingested a toxin, that would cause the meat to be harmful if eaten. Obviously being killed by a dog or something won't cause this problem, provided the dog isn't rabid. And usually, they aren't, they just like to kill chickens.[​IMG]

    If the blood's clotted, you can soak the meat in salt water for a day or two to get the blood out. It works well.

    Sorry about your hen, but yes, she can make a fine meal.
  5. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
    Scenic Verbank, NY
    Thank you all so much - will let you know how she tastes. Wish I had been more adventuresome when the dual purpose Wyandotte got killed by a different dog.

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