Edibility of Meat after Injury.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Cuban Longtails, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I have an approximately 5 month old RIR cockerel that decided to squeeze himself through the rusty remains of a spring mattress. He hooked his wing and was stuck for awhile (a couple of hours, as we can best guess) even though he tried to continue to push himself through.

    He's injured, a cut right at the wing joint - flayed the skin open, but when we freed him he was running around and acting as if all was well. Would it be best to heal him before processing (he is a cull, regardless) or go ahead and process him? Do you believe the edibility of the meat was affected by the rusted mattress?
     
  2. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he is to be culled do it now so that he is in no more pain. The rusty matress will not affect the meat, I would just not use that wing. JMO Jenn
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I agree with Jenn, go ahead and process before he DOES have some infection or soemthing set in and you CAN"T eat him. Just throw the wing out and eat the rest. I wouldn't be scared to him, that is if I did eat chicken.
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Thanks! I was hoping it would be okay.

    Good point, KristenH, about the infection. I was also concerned about that possiblility.
     
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