One of our turkeys died last night

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CricketYang, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. CricketYang

    CricketYang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it still OK to eat?? I live in the midwest so the temps here are definitely below freezing. Its a broadbreasted white and it died somewhere between 9pm-3pm, when I got out there it was still flexible. I've spent a lot of time/money on these birds and I'd hate to let this giant go to waste, it's about 22 weeks old.
     
  2. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say that if the temps are below freezing and he was still flexible when you found him he would be okay to eat.
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rule is, if I don't kill it, I don't eat it. Likely not what you wanted to hear, since i would guess you have a fair amount of feed invested in it, but personlly, I wouldn't take the chance.
     
  4. shaft0463

    shaft0463 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't eat anything I didn't kill either. You don't know why it died, and it might have been sick. Not worth the risk IMO.
     
  5. celticfarmer

    celticfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:You're definetly going to want to know what killed it. I know that if something died from drinking anti-freeze I wouldn't want to eat it. On the other hand if a truck hit it............ Well that's another story.
     
  6. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree, as a rule unless I kill it or have it killed I don't eat it.
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If it had run into a wall and broke it's neck I'd say sure. Dying from reasons unknown definitely not.
     

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