Mucous under the skin

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by malindt, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. malindt

    malindt New Egg

    Mar 30, 2009
    Hello - we just butchered 8 cornish crosses over the weekend and came across something we've never seen before. As I was cutting up our last bird, I saw a slimy, clear mucous under the skin. It seemed to be all over but mainly around the leg/thigh area. All of the birds appeared normal while living, all of the organs seemed perfectly normal, no colored fluids, no brusing or anything else unusual. In talking with a friend who has done a lot of turkeys, he said it's nothing to worry about but he didn't know what it was or why it happened. Does anyone know anything about this? I've searched everywhere and have found nothing. Thanks in advance!
    D & C
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Are you sure it was mucus, or was it just the connective tissue membranes that pull apart into sort of soapbubble-like films when you pull the skin away from the flesh? (whcih is normal, tho more obvious on some birds than others)? or could it have been subcutaneous fat?

  3. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's normal- I'm not sure what it is, but I notice it on the birds I cut up.
  4. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Slidell, LA
    I noticed it also both in meat rabbits and the meat chickens. I think it is the connective tissue. Also one the bird sits for a while it sort of dries right up. I think it is a membrane under the skin. I also way it on the breasts. It was kind of bubbly. I ate the chicken and they tasted like chicken.

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