Eating a Bird who has Bumblefoot, Is it safe?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Montana-Hens, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Buxton, Montana
    I have a bird who arrived in the box via mail from the hatchery, with two "broken/curled" toes. She has done well up until this week, when I think her weight just caused her foot to "break down" (she is 24 weels old). She now has a black spot on the bottom of her foot where it appears she has acquired bumblefoot.

    My question is" Is it ok to eat her as I assume the bumble foot is some kind of infection? Or does the infection make it such that it is risky/unhealthy to eat?
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010
  2. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    This question gets asked every-so-often; perhaps a search will provide an answer.
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Just don't eat the feet.
  4. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    You know, this is a very good question. It has been asked over and over again and I still don't for sure know the answer. Whenever it has been asked, most advice seems to lean towards not eating a bird with bumble foot since it is a staph infection. I am going to try to find out more. My brother is a very large scale commercial meat producer. I am going to ask him to see what he says. Knowing how poultry (including waterfowl, which get bumble foot a lot) are raised in commercial quantities, you would think some *must* be processed that have it.
  5. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    Sure you CAN eat it.... but youre not supposed to.

    i iwas interested too, so i searched google and i came up with more than one source of info saying do NOT eat it. Some are cooked industrially and put into animal feeds but not for human consumption ( although i dont like the idea of feeding it to my animals anyways)
  6. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Buxton, Montana

    I really thought it was likely not a wise thing to eat her. I raise dual-purpose girls and don't "routinely" butcher, but feel that they deserve the honor of completeing the cycle. I hated the dishonor and waste of throwing the bird away but guess in this case it is wise enough. You all confirmed my decision, I will put her down and then put her in the trash.

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