Is it Okay to Eat a Bird With Chicken Lice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by venetianblinds, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. venetianblinds

    venetianblinds Out Of The Brooder

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    I was slaughtering a couple of turkeys the other day and my neighbour had a young rooster she wanted me to slaughter for her. While I was plucking the rooster I noticed tiny bugs crawling around near the vent area and after some online research think they must have been chicken lice. Just wondering if the bird will still be okay to eat. It was really gross to see them crawling around but I don't want to waste the poor bird if I don't have to. Luckily, my turkeys were free of parasites. Hooray!
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    it wouldnt hurt you physically but i be ...... ! i wouldnt eat it.
     
  3. venetianblinds

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    Hehe. Thanks for the reply! I put it into the freezer but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to bring myself to eat it either!
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    if its your neighbors let them eat it and when there done then you can tell them about the bugs. hahahha you dont want their bugs coming over to visit your flock do you??
     
  5. venetianblinds

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    Hehe. They were there during the plucking and witnessed me jumping away from the bird, yelling, "There are BUGS!". They immediately told me I could have the bird because they didn't want to eat it! Maybe one day I'll have them over for supper, feed them a different chicken and then afterwards tell them it was the bug-infested bird! teehee!
     
  6. Bumblefoot Bill

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    Depends on how hungry one was ~ what if it was skinned instead of plucked?
     
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  7. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    why dont you boil it and feed it to the animals? at least it wouldnt be a waste
     
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