off white mass inside chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Mojo, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Mojo

    Mojo Out Of The Brooder

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    Just slaughtered a healthy looking two year old hen. Her liver was more of an orangy red rather than red and there was also some white masses inside of her ...two about the size of a golf ball and some smaller. They were quite seperate masses from each other enclosed in ...sorry...the stomach? It was not in the crop. The enclosing membrane I guess was intestine. It had slight ridges on the inside layer. I have saved it to show someone but I don't think a photo would work. I can try. The masses were firm but not hard and when sliced, looked like they might have developed in layers. I guess you mgiht say they had the texture of a puff ball mushroom tho the mushroom has no layers. The layers were subtle. Any ideas? The bird is destined for the stew pot or dried as dog treats.
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Sounds like she was an internal layer. The masses sound like eggs.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She was laying internally. Oviducts full of cooked egg material and solidified infection. Like this? Pulled this from one hen who died.

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  4. Mojo

    Mojo Out Of The Brooder

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    OK. So, you think they were eggs? There were yolks inside her but not in the same membrane. Still think that is right? She is OK to eat, I take it, then?
     
  5. Mojo

    Mojo Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh yes, I did not scroll down far enough to see the photo. That is exactly it. Thanks. Still, would you eat her? She did seem healthy, other wise.
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I take my birds to a state certified processor. I was there the other day when a hen like that came throught for someone else and they said they were required by law to discard it and could not give it back to the owner.
     
  7. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But sometimes the state law is too overly cautious.

    Think about how many dogs get put down for biting someone who teased and beat the dog in the first place, or who were threatening the dog's human family member/members.
     
  8. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    As I understand it this is mostly a genetic problem with the hen. If you raised it, I see no reason to waste the meat. If it were me, I'd eat it.

    I understand that processors have to follow their rules, but this is a home raised bird for home consumption.
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I agree, I was just passing on what little info I had on it.
    I don't see how an organ/reproductive problem would affect the muscle tissue, but then again I don't know everything and perhaps it could.
     
  10. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    Well, my guess is that it might only have an impact on the meat if the bird had gotten to the point of dying from the condition, and then only in a general sort of way, as in muscle tissue not as firm sort of thing. Although I don't claim to be any sort of expert in the matter, I figure this one might go under the "What you don't know can't hurt you" clause. As in, if you hadn't seen it for yourself, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference in the meat.

    Only a guess - no scientific reason for it at all.
     

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