I culled a two year old hen today that hasn't laid an entire egg (or even a yolk) in about 7 weeks. She was my first intentional, planned kill. I made mistakes and learned for next time.
Anyway, after defeathering her I noticed just how scrawny she was. I mean, just look at the picture. Nothing but breast bone. I cleaned the neck end first. The belly end was swollen, purplish and intimidating for a first timer like myself.
I sliced gently at the skin around the vent and nicked something. Liquid yolk poured out. There was so much I had to slide a bucket under the counter to catch it. Only counting the bucket contents, not the mess across the counter, there was about a cup of yolk. And yes, I'm sure it was yolk. It was the same orange-yellow and smell as regular yolks. There was no trace of shell anywhere.
There was no off odor in any of the meat or organs. She was just incredibly underweight. It makes sense since all she's really done for three months or so is sit by herself, not overly interested in food (however her last meal was super fat mealworms that I have been raising), just sitting, occasionally standing in a nest for an hour or so, straining, only in the past week attempting a croaky, warbling egg song. Poor girl. I should have done her a while ago.
Anyway, is the meat still ok to use? I don't know what was going on with all the yolk, but if I can still make some stock that would be great. Please let me know your thoughts.