Can you eat a chicken with gangrene?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Peregrine, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A dog got our rooster 3 days ago and tore up his wing. We brought him inside to see if we could heal him, but decided today to just send him to the freezer (he would have been there in a few months, anyway) As we were slaughtering him, we noticed that the area around his wing had turned green and smelled. My DH--who's in the army, so I trust him--said it looked like gangreen.

    So, I need to know if he's safe to eat--excluding the green wing, of course.

    I need an answer fast; I don't want him hanging outside much longer, but I don't want to clean a chicken I can't eat anyway? Will cooking destroy the germs?
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't.

    Perhaps cook him well and feed him to the dog.
     
  3. garp94

    garp94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cooking will destroy the germs that cause the gangrene, but the stress of being ill and the bacteria will likely make him taste off. [The worst venison i've had was a deer my uncle saw get hit by a car, was shot to be put out of his misery, and since it was' fresh' was processed. What a waste of time, noone liked the meat.]

    I'd likely cook him for the dog, too
     
  4. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would pass.
     
  5. gallorojo

    gallorojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not even feed that to the dog. Kill it and bury it deep or burn it. It's not just the bacteria you need to worry about, it's that some can create toxins that are not destroyed by cooking.
     
  6. Tallulah Chicklet

    Tallulah Chicklet Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with gallorojo...it's not just bacteria, it's the toxins it produces that are dangerous, too. I'd pass.
     

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