OMG HORRIBLE 5 DAYS! Can these be eatten?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by wolftracks, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I'm so upset. Bad hatches, weak chicks, then a quail explostion, now this.

    I had 3 breeds Corturnix that had been in garage since I got them. I have no way to keep them cool in there so very early this morning an I set up another pen I had got at an auction, Made sure they had plenty of shade food and water and they looked so happy.

    It's 103 here. I had set a gallon waterer with the nipple attachments in with them, but sometime in the last 2 hours I lost my birds. I watched them for almost and hour and the waterer was fine. No drips, but its almost empty, 2 of my birds are dead and I put a contaner of water in the pen and had to pick my last bird up and set him in it. He's doing fine now, but I lost two.

    I can't believe I'm even asking this, but I hate not to use them. Can these two birds be butchered??? I know that didn't die from anything other than heat stroke, but I don't know if that a no no. BTW I've never processed before, but I can watch a youtube video or something after I cut the heads and drain the blood.

    I know they were alive 2 hours ago, bit not how long ago they actually died. I feel like a murdered for letting them die like that.
     
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  2. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Arrrgh. I'm sorry to hear about your heat stroke loss! Sounds like you're having a rough week! Quail explosion???? What the heck was that??

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    There was a recent thread here that might help you. Otherwise, I'm sure more peeps will weigh in.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, if you process them right away, they're perfectly fine to use. They died of heat stroke, not disease. I'm sorry that you lost them.
     
  4. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry for your horrible week!! [​IMG]
     
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hang in there...behind every grey cloud is a silver lining...it might not seem like it, but it's there.
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    get that meat chilled darn fast.
     
  7. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    Thanks everyone.

    I hadn't gotten an answer fast enough, so I called another member, sowngrown, then went to look up information online to process and no internet, no cable, even my phone couldn't catch a signal and isn't connected to the other two. Didn't get service until 10 minutes ago. I've been hiting the refresh button almost constant. LOL

    So I came in to brag a bit. I did it. Never in my life did I think I could, but then again when it comes time to process and I don't have heat stroke as a reason, I may find it difficult.

    I had to think of it like cleaning fish. I used to love to fish and ya gotta clean what ya catch, so I could do that. My only disappointment was that I wanted to save the little heart, liver and gizzard. Maybe another time. Those are some tiny organs! LOL

    Anyway I stuck water on the stove, set a bowl of ice water next to me and set up, processed and although it was only two I think 25 minutes was pretty good from start to finish.

    I only wish I hadn't had to do this. These were my breeder hens and now I have none until my quail explostion matures.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6730572#p6730572

    I have another post about those and need to go add pics. These girls were pretty hefty, so I hope I get more their size. I was really suprized how much bird was there. Then again I fed them well. I still feel really bad, but at least I found them within a decent amount of time and they didn't go to waste.
     

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