Cleaning a dead chicken

mustangsaguaro

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Nov 30, 2007
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I had one of my chickens die on me today. I was going to bury her but my husband said why don't we eat her. I basically told him you are going to have to pluck her and clean her. She died about a half hour ago. I think she was eggbound. Will she still be ok to eat? If so, what is the best method to plucking the feathers and cleaning the insides out for eating? If anyone can supply a link on how to do this that would be great. Does she need to be plucked and cleaned right away or can it wait a few hours?

Thanks
Kim
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
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May 7, 2007
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I would not eat any chicken that I was not absolutely sure of the cause of death. If there was any chance of any kind of illness I would not dare eat it. If it accidently got caught and mashed under a feeder and I witnessed it - maybe but then again maybe not. If it came at me with feet flying and I knocked it so hard it died - oh you better beleive I would eat it. Your chicken on the other hand was sick. I would not eat it.
 

mustangsaguaro

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12 Years
Nov 30, 2007
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San Martin, Ca
Quote:Thanks Miss Prissy. I asked my mom and someone else about it and they said the same thing. I am thinking if she was infact eggbound she was going toxic and that could be passed over to my husband and I if we ate her. I'd like to do an autospy just to see if she was infact eggbound but wouldn't know what type of tools to use. I do have rubber gloves, but not sure if I have the other tools to open her up to see. I did start digging a hole to burry her. I guess I will just continue w/ that.



Thanks
Kim
 

adoptedbyachicken

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Jan 11, 2007
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I agree, that is not fit for comsumption. If you have a bird you have to put down due to an accident (not illness) you need to pluck and gut within an hour anyway, but best to do it right away.
 

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