excessive visceral fat

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by thebigwfarm, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. thebigwfarm

    thebigwfarm New Egg

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    Hi BYC! Our family has been raising chickens for a couple years now. We did one batch of Cornish Rock Crosses a couple years ago and lost half the flock (natural causes? They just died). We have had hens for a while, too, with great success.

    We recently moved to a new area and started our flock again. We have some laying hens and just slaughtered our first round of meat birds (a heritage breed this time). We had 7 roosters and 1 hen that we slaughtered. The roosters were all large, healthy birds with healthy innards.

    The female, on the other hand, had large amounts of visceral fat...probably 3x as much as the roosters. All of her internal organs were encased in fat. Her liver was a brownish color instead of the reddish brown.

    Any thoughts as to what might have been wrong with her?

    Laura W
     
  2. DevilsDenHen

    DevilsDenHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont have an answer but.... I too slaughtered some meat chickens earlier this year and then did a couple hens a few weeks ago abd the hens had a lare amout of fat also. So may just be a hen thing???
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also have never raised birds for meat. Defiantly check out the link provided by Liz9910.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3 on try the Meat Birds forum liz9910 linked for you.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    Definitely try our Meat Birds section. They should be able to tell you more about the fat content at butchering.

    Welcome aboard!!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    If you post your question in the Meat Bird section of the forums, people there should be able to help.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Yes, definitely ask on the meat birds threads.
     

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