Icky fluid in bird

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by roamaround1970, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. roamaround1970

    roamaround1970 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2014
    Meadow Lakes, Alaska
    Meat Bird ? I was slaughtering some 10wk old Cornish today and had one with an abdomen full of yellow fluid. Her heart was small and the liver looked really congested. Any thoughts? We sent her along, since I didn't know the origin of the fluid.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Cancer? Rotaviral Enteritis?

    What do you mean by the liver looking congested?
  3. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Songster

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    CX are known for developing heart failure due to their rapid growth. This often results in fluid in the chest cavity. From others on this forum I have learned that fluid in the chest cavity does not make the meat unsafe to cook and eat.

    Here's an article that might be useful: http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...s_of_poultry/ascites_syndrome_in_poultry.html

    (this one also explains why I have had pretty bad luck at raising CX at my altitude of 8,000ft)

    The article does not cover whether the chicken is safe to eat, but I bet if you searched this site for similar topics you'd get some good advice.

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