excessive visceral fat

thebigwfarm

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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
 

liz9910

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I would post in the Meat Birds section for best results, I've never raised them myself. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc
 

Mountain Peeps

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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!
 

Kelsie2290

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

TwoCrows

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Hello there and welcome to BYC!!
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Definitely try our Meat Birds section. They should be able to tell you more about the fat content at butchering.

Welcome aboard!!
 

BantamLover21

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Glad you joined us!

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

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