Meat okay to eat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rovergirl, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. rovergirl

    rovergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    I have some older layers I am thinking of processing for soup chickens because they are slowing way down on egg laying. The only thing stopping me is some of the birds have some minor upper respiatory problems (a little runny nose, a few watery eyes and an occasional sneeze-but everyone is still eating and doing things normaly) and I am wondering is it okay to eat the birds that have problems? Thank you for any help!

    Becky
     
  2. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    that would be tough to answer... If I said yeah sure, and ya'll get sick..

    I'd pick up some antibiotics at TSC, get them healthy and eating good. Allow a few weeks to get the medication out of their system, and then process them. Wouldn't cost more than 5-8$., and cheaper than a Dr visit for you.
     
  3. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When fully and properly cooked, all bacteria are killed.
     
  4. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:What about a virus? Antibiotic won't touch that. If it were me, I'd let them get better naturally first.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    many people eat wheezy old hens. A snuffy nose is not going to affect the parts you eat, can you imagine the commercial poultry industry checking every bird to see if it had a stuffy nose before butchering? As stated by Bossroo proper cooking will kill bacteria.
    I would NOT suggest administering antibiotics and then consuming the meat, and antibiotics would not help a virus anyways.
    Most birds carry weak strains of viruses in them anyway that you never even know about, if they were my birds I would butcher and consume.
     
  6. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please, no! No antibiotics!
    I think you should eat them as long as what you say is true..... normal otherwise. just sneezing, off with their heads!
     
  7. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt eat them.
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Quote:you do make me laugh!
     
  9. rovergirl

    rovergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input everyone!!!!
     

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