Is this Gelly like stuff between the skin and meat normal???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by FuzzFaceFarm, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. FuzzFaceFarm

    FuzzFaceFarm In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Tampa, Florida
    I do have a question about processing birds for you all. In between the skin and the meat there is this clear kind of gelatinous stuff that you can pull away. What is that? Is that like fascial or myofascial tissue or the birds water stores or something because it wasn't fat or anything like that. It just felt kind of clear, soft, and squishy like a jellyfish. Thanks for any answers!

    I have read on some other pages and online forums that it's normal especially if you soak a bird in water during the processing of the bird but I haven't found an explanation of exactly what it is and this is the first bird I have ever processed so I have nothing to really compare to.

    I have read through some posts on here and some members have explained it as: " It's just the mucus membranes between the skin and muscle, they swell up with water sometimes, when being soaked, it's a condition of the bird not being fully hydrated when alive." and another person said "The only time I've seen a gel under the skin was with some broilers who developed breast blisters on the keel bone. The fluid is how you describe it, it comes from heavy breeds resting on the keel bone from small roosts or wet conditions" She was a kind of heavy breed and she did soak in cold water for at least half an hour before cutting her up since we weren't ready for processing prior to starting her.

    I am just wanting to know what it is and I want to make sure that it's safe to eat. A bunch of people have apparently eaten birds that have had this and said they tasted fine but I want to make sure before I stew her. She was a Golden Laced Wyandotte hen that was about 7 months old.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I don't know what it is, but I have noted that it's quite common in butchery-bought broilers where I live. I'm sure that such birds are safe to eat - I'm still alive, at least [​IMG]
  3. FuzzFaceFarm

    FuzzFaceFarm In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Tampa, Florida
    Ok great!!! [​IMG] And thank you so much for the super fast reply because I wanted to let her rest until tomorrow and then cook her since I butchered her today. She was one of my 7 month old layers who had an unfortunate encounter with one of my American Bulldogs so I thought it most humane to stop her suffering ASAP and since she was a full grown dual purpose bird (one of my Golden Laced Wyandottes) I thought it best not to let her death go to waste. The meat and everything looks great and I have had plenty of freshly home butchered meat but I was young at the time and hadn't taken part in the butchering process that I remember so I just wanted some opinions from people that have experience before we eat her....just for the peace of mind. =) I asked my mom who grew up on a farm and always butchered the chickens with my grandfather but she didn't remember.[​IMG]
  4. cactusrota

    cactusrota Songster

    Nov 17, 2014
    Fort Thomas, AZ
    Rabbits have that too. Not sure what else, but I'm sure I've seen it in other animals. In veterinary, they sometimes give fluids by "sub cutaneous" or "subQ" by injecting the fluids under the skin into that layer. It's a way to give fluids that allows the body to absorb it more slowly than intravenous "I.V." I could never find out what that stuff was called, and have found that if you rinse or use any water while butchering it gets worse... and annoying. :p
  5. Maeschak

    Maeschak Songster

    Mar 29, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Yeah, I have seen that stuff in both chickens and deer. It grosses me out, but is harmless and seems to go away after the carcass dries a bit. I see it in chicken that has gotten too wet during/after processing. In deer, it is most visible around the gun shot wound as blood coagulates in this mucous. Anyway, I usually try to pull it off to no avail- it goes away on its own while resting in the fridge (I think it is just dehydrating a bit).

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