Eating meat from a sick chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Lil'ChickFarm, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    I just purchased two white/ cream americauna chickens from a lady in my area. They were on Craigs list. I did this sort of sight unseen.
    I met her this morning. The girls were dirty, one foot looked swollen. She said she came that way to her.
    I got them home and one breathed a deep raspy breath and coughed with snot.
    They are sick and I cannot put them in my flock.
    I asked her to take them back and keep the money, but she won't.
    I have her address and have a mind to drop them off there, but the drive to her house is 45 minutes of gas.
    I am not even sure she gave me a correct address, as when she started to give me an address, she then said she would meet me somewhere as there was some road block down in her area.
    Probably that she did not want me to see her place.
    These birds are now in a dog crate on my front steps. My birds are out back. So there isn't any contact.
    I don't know what I am going to do now. I gave them shavings, food and water.
    Learned a big lesson.
    I don't even know if you should butcher sick hens.
    Also they are PROBABLY not nine months old as she said. People lie so easily. She sounded so nice, but I guess sounding nice is not nice always.

    Should these hens been butchered if they are sick?
  2. WinklerFarms

    WinklerFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    Central Minnesota
    I would say no. You should find out what exactly is wrong and treat them, and then butcher. Dont forget about any withdrawal period for anything you give them.
  3. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wartrace TN.
    Dont butcher those birds without a 30 day withdrawal. There is no telling what medications she may have tried. Keep seperated and if they survive 30 days and if they get health they should be ok.
  4. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    I would cull the birds and dispose of them far away from your chickens or dogs, etc. I wouldn't eat the meat and I wouldn't feed it to the dogs, either.

    That woman deserves something. I'm not sure what, but something! [​IMG]
  5. Nhbluebird

    Nhbluebird Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2009
    Central NH
    Definitely cull and dispose of far away from your animals. I did something similar and paid the price. Lost my flock and had to start over. [​IMG] I would not waste the $ or time to try and heal. That's what I did and wasn't successful. I would not eat a sick bird either.
  6. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    Well thank you all. THey are gone. I put them on Craigs list and told the whole truth. A lady with a chicken sanctuary picked them up. She is going to treat them and let them live out their lives. Lucky chickens.
    I then cleaned everything up and myself and washed my clothes. Hope it is gone gone gone and I learned a HUGE lesson. Do not buy without seeing again. A nice voice on the phone does not mean an honest person.

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