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how long until rigor mortis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Highlander, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Found a dead chicken tonight and I'm trying to work out estimated time of death. So how long after death does rigor mortis set in and how long does it stay?

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  2. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i believe it sets in between a half hour and 4 hours after death, then usually goes between 24 - 48 hours afterwards?
     
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  3. roadrunnerred

    roadrunnerred Out Of The Brooder

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    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
     
  4. Highlander

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    Quote:Why what?
     
  5. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea! But I'm sorry about your hen!! [​IMG]
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:That sounds about right. Temperature does play a big role though in how fast it sets in and leaves. Warmer = faster to set and faster to leave.
     
  7. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of poultry farming websites said it can start in 30 min to 4 hours. Usually over by 6-7 hours where they are no longer stiff. The meat bird people may can give you more personal experience and time line.
     
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To get time of death take temp of liver and take temp of environment then you do some math and that gives you time of death. You loss one degree of body heat per hour approximately depending on temp outside.
     
  9. Highlander

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    Thanks everyone, that's been helpful.
     
  10. Highlander

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    Quote:Thanks but it was a spare roo that we were going to eat anyway so no biggie, but i was just trying to figure out what happened and when. [​IMG]
     

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