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hawk kill

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HollyB, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. HollyB

    HollyB Hatching

    Dec 8, 2008
    A hawk just killed one of my hens that was free ranging - I came on the scene just after her head had been removed. Now what?! As sad as I am, I'd like to eat her. I've got her hanging upside down over my compost and hopefully the blood is draining, but how do I know when that is complete?

    Being new to chickens, I've only read briefly about killing meat birds - never thinking that would apply to me. Is it okay to eat a layer? How long before I need to pluck and complete the job? I need some advice.
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I personally would eat a bird that was killed by a hawk, it could have transferd diseases or some other wild birds sickness, i myself wouldnt eat it.

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