Odd carcass

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  1. furbabymum

    furbabymum Songster

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    Any ideas?

    I know some research suggests the birds might be still alive when scalded but I can assure you they were quite dead. This wasn't our first processing. Still, 3 of them had this skin. Any ideas??? I do know that this particular bird had a red butt pretty much it's whole life. I kept spraying it with stuff but it was still red. Did they have a disease or something?
     

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

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    Could your scald water have been too hot?
     
  3. furbabymum

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    Possible. We were adding boiling water in between carcasses to keep the heat in the pot up. We've always had scald pot temp issues. Usually the problem is that it's too cold though. Appears we may have gone the extreme opposite way.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

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    Nice looking carcass - what breed of chicken?
     

  5. furbabymum

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    They were Cornish X

    We procrastinated far too long in slaughtering them. They should have been processed in September.
     
  6. XxMingirlxX

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    Cornish x can have all sorts of health problems if not slaughtered on time, so it could be a number of things, it's most likely nothing though. Idk. :)
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member 8 Years

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    In my unprofessional opinion, it does not look like a diseased bird. The rest of the skin looks OK. How did the guts look and smell? Anything off there? The meat doesn't look discolored. I wouldn't worry about it. Most of the health problems caused by waiting too long wouldn't keep me from eating the chicken. Sometimes they can be heart-related, causing sudden death, and sometimes they can be physical deformities. I'd be more conceerned about eating a chicken that the guts or meat smelled or looked off.
     

  8. matt44644

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    It looks better than the ones i seen at the grocery store earlier.
     
  9. There is nothing wrong with that carcass! The skin looks slightly pink, but I don't see anything wrong with the color.
     

  10. furbabymum

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    I did make a point of checking the organs and they all looked normal to me.

    The pick looks pink but it's more red I think.
     

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