Found a "worm" on the breast?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Tracydr, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Was processing a "gimp" Cornish X today with broken leg. Kinda felt bad because the poor pullet had to wait for the holiday weekend to end before I could process her. Anyway, I saw something I hadn't seen before. Her breast was quite dirty, I'm sure from not walking for four days. But, I found this nasty, 1/4 inch long, corkscrew shaped "worm" hooked into the the surface of the breast meat. Color was white and it was well attached. I'd say it was roundish body, probably not flat. I've tried to search for a picture and can't find anything like it.
    Any ideas? I've seen something like it in fish but never in chicken.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011
  2. annageckos

    annageckos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you looked up bot fly larva? That is the first thing that comes to my mind.
     
  3. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely not a bot. It's very threadlike. Not maggot like or fat like a bot-worm.
    Almost looked like lightweight fishing line in consistency and thickness.
     
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  4. annageckos

    annageckos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only thing I can find on worms in the flesh is Trichinella spiralis. But I don't know if chickens can carry it.
     
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen what you're talking about, but I didn't think it was a "worm". I thought they were just pin feathers. Now you have me wondering.
     
  6. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because she was spending a bit of time on the ground, perhaps it was hookworm.
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  7. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That's exactly what it looks like!
    Now, what?
     
  8. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the only answer I have...
    What to do now? Dunno. I'll read up on it though. I know hookworms live in the soil.
     
  9. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    So, sounds like it doesn't really belong on my chickens. My dogs and cats. Were recently tested, clean of parasites. Cooked meat should be safe. I cleaned out that area of the breast and it wouldn't survive cooking anyway. It would normally burrow into the intestines through an animals bare feet, usually a dog, cat or sometimes a person in a warm, subtropical or tropical area. I guess I just won't worry about it too much, disgusting as it is.[​IMG]
     
  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry about it either. Maybe it was a young worm and skipped worm-class the day they discussed which animals to infest. I vote, chicken pie!
     

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