Ok to eat bird with leg problem?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by newbie2014, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. newbie2014

    newbie2014 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2014
    Hello everyone, we noticed yesterday that two of our birds have become somewhat lame. One still gets around, but is limping badly (to me his leg looks dislocated, but I'm not sure) the other one can almost not move at all. She won't stand up, but I've seen hers age to shuffle herself over to the feeder. Never noticed any problems prior to this. All the birds are destined to be processed within a few weeks, but we thought we would butcher these two now since they may be in pain.
    I was told by a relative not to eat them as they may have infection/inflammation and to just dispose of them. This is our first year with chix and I'm not sure what to do, but it seems like a waste to her rid of them for just having a leg problem. What is your experience/perspective? Thanks in advance!! :)
  2. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2014
    Nova Scotia
    What type of birds are they? If they are meat types, leg problems are very common as they can grow faster than their skeletons can support and injure themselves easily. If their droppings appear normal, and they are eating and drinking normally, and there is no other signs of illness they should be fine to process.

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