Is this chicken safe to eat?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hayduke27, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Hayduke27

    Hayduke27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night I had a hen mysteriously die. I awoke this morning to all of the chickens making a lot of noise, and when I went to check on them, one hen was laying dead on the floor. She was still warm, but dead. As I carried her out, I noticed she discharged some colored liquid from her throat.

    She had no injuries or trauma, so I decided to butcher her and see if she looked okay for eating. I skinned her, and the meat looked good, the color was nice and pink and there was no discoloration. I then cut into her body cavity, and about 1 cup of yellow fluid spilled out of her abdomen. It looked like urine, but did not really stink. I finished cleaning out her entrails, noting that the liver might have been a little bit light in color. Other than that, her insides did not seem abnormal.

    This hen was almost exactly one year old. I hatched her out and raised her, and she hasn't showed any signs of illness. However, she has always been a little bit slow, and I thought maybe she just had a developmental issue.

    I cleaned the chicken and rinsed it thoroughly. It's now in a bag in the fridge. Upon washing it out and inspecting it, there is no odor or discoloration that would indicate this chicken has anything wrong with it.

    I don't know what the liquid in her abdomen was, and I have no idea what caused her death. Should I not eat this chicken? Will cooking it kill anything that could be potentially harmful to me?
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she may have been an internal layer. She may have gotten an infection from it but was probably limited to reproductive/intestinal tract. could have been in blood stream but if butchered properly, it should be fine as you saw no tumors or horrid black/green stuff anywhere. I test meat with cats, if they won't eat it, it's no good. Or, when in doubt, throw it out.
     
  3. Hayduke27

    Hayduke27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definitely had the thought of when in doubt, throw it out. However, as you said, there was nothing particularly stinky or off-putting about the bird, and the meat looks fine. My dog isn't here this week to test it, ha! I'll give it another inspection today, but I feel like it might be ok...
     
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not trust a dog for that. Our GSD would eat turned meat and my black lab was forever finding and eating carrion. Oh how he would stink! That is why I use my cats, they like it fresh and won't eat rotten meat. [​IMG]
     

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