Eating a Naturally Deceased Layer

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by keptbythemaker, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. keptbythemaker

    keptbythemaker New Egg

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    Hey all!
    So one of my pullets escaped today (and she has JUST started laying, of course), injured herself, and sulked around for a few hours after I caught and repenned her. I found her an hour later, dead and almost stiff but still a little warm. How should I go about prepping her to eat?
    Currently I just wrapped her up and out her in the fridge to drop the temperature quickly. Should I scald her to pluck? Skin? Will she go limp again or not?
    TIA!
     
  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did you bleed her out as best as you could?
     
  3. keptbythemaker

    keptbythemaker New Egg

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    I did not... Crying baby in one arm, dead chicken in the other... [​IMG]
     
  4. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not...

    Personal preference more than anything, way I look at is if they are not alive when I start then they are not food.

    We do process crippled birds, I've had a couple that got dislocated hips from the tractor rolling over them, they butcher just fine.

    I would not eat any bird I found dead regardless of how long ago it died


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  5. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you know how it died, and it was not very long ago, and you bled it out as best as you could, I think it would be fine.
     

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