dead chicken fit for cooking?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chikachickens, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. chikachickens

    chikachickens New Egg

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hey All!

    I am new to this site, even though I frequent here quite often....question, and this may be kinda weird...

    so we just lost our first chicken today, might be eggbound, I will be checking later, but my partner suggested putting it in the eat later...I was a little weary because I don't know if it died of disease or what yet....

    If it was only eggbound, would it be safe to eat? Also, is it safe after rigor mortis has set in?

    I know nothing about anything of this yet, and would appreciate any insights ya'll have.

    Thank you and am happy to be part of the BYC group!
  2. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    No- throw it away, bury it, or burn it. Never eat a bird that you didn't kill. You have no way of knowing why it died, and it's just not worth the risk.
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    Quote:I agree.. Makes 2 of us so far..

    just add your number to the list..
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I would avoid eating birds that were sick or died before you got to them. You don't always know why they died so best be safe.
  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I agree! Don't eat it - too risky. I'm all about waste not, want not, but it's just not safe in this case.
  6. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    SE PA
    Sorry for your loss; I agree with everyone else.
  7. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    DO NOT EAT !!! [​IMG]
  8. chikachickens

    chikachickens New Egg

    Mar 10, 2009
    Thank you all!

    I am glad my hesitation wasn't misplaced. heh. We'll just give it a burial. [​IMG]

    I appreciate ya'll being so speedy too with your replies.
  9. Auntie Ron

    Auntie Ron Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2008
    Ohh don't waste her. Process her and cook her up for the dog. All dog food comes from rendered meat. I have visited rendering plants before and know first hand the quality of the meat that goes into dog food. This bird, unless riddled with visual disease growths, is a good quality meat product for your household pets. My dog would do flips for it.

    Hoping you have not discarded her yet. If you are going to just bury her to rid of her I would suggest using this as an excuse to plant a new tree. I often use the demise of my animals to usher in new trees into the orchard.

    Take care, Ron
  10. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Wow, that's a lot of work for an animal that's happy eating regular dog food, or its own poo, for that matter! [​IMG]

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