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Checking the liver of your birds when processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Fowl_Odor002, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Fowl_Odor002

    Fowl_Odor002 Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
    Mostly Here
    I recently had my 2nd annual culling-of-the-flock party 2012. Two volunteers stepped up. While processing I noticed that one chicken had an off-color looking liver rather than your usual deep-red color. This liver was mostly brownish.

    I am wondering about eating this chicken.

    please learn me

  2. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Songster

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    it is fine to eat just an older bird
  3. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    I'll elaborate:

    The livers of my older birds are always a little discolored (lighter brown, slightly splotchy). IMHE this is totally normal--the liver works hard at handling random toxins and such for the birds whole life. That's what livers are supposed to do.

    Here's a picture from an article for comparison: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/photo/show/id/27.html

    So I don't eat the livers of those older birds, only those from the young culls (broilers, fryers, roasters). But the rest of the meat should be fine. In fact, the older the birds are, generally the tastier they are!

    Enjoy your feast! :)
  4. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chirping

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop
    I suppose the older discolored livers are just fine for the dog, or un-edible period?
  5. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    I suppose that's up to you... but I probably wouldn't... I compost them.
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    I feed off color livers to the dog, keep the healthy looking ones for me. Won't hurt the dog one bit.

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