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Pads of my meat chickens feet are black. Safe to eat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by WoodChic, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    We slaughtered the last of our meat birds yesderday, and noticed that some of them had black on the pads of their feet. The black was about twice the size of a dime, and scabby. Sorry I don't have any pictures. They're already dead. [​IMG] What is the black, and are they safe to eat? Thank you for whatever response. [​IMG]
     
  2. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Look up bumblefoot on this forum and see if it looks like that.
     
  3. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    Hmmmm..... I don't think it's that..... It didn't seem to be very scabby. They were extremely heavy, and did not roam. They were in a drag, which we moved, about every-other-day. When we didn't, They were pretty much standing in they're own poop. I didn't notice any limping, and they seemed pretty healthy. ????? [​IMG]
    I'll try and provide some pix. Thanks!
     
  4. hildymarie

    hildymarie Out Of The Brooder

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    Some of ours did that but it just seemed to be like calluses from walking around and yes in their own poop. It didt matter that they were moved daily, they still had so much poop that they walked around in it. Of course ours were like 20 weeks or so and were more like turkeys. If you are eating the feet, scald and peel them. If you are not eating the feet it prolly dont mean anything.
    jmho
     
  5. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a slight case of foot rot. When they stand in their own manure they tend to burn out their pads so to speak. Best way to avoid it is to move them more often or to put more bedding down.

    The meat is ok to eat.... wouldn't use the feet though.
     
  6. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    Of course ours were like 20 weeks or so and were more like turkeys.

    Your meat birds sound allot like ours! [​IMG]

    Thank you all so much for your advice. It was really helpfull! [​IMG]
     
  7. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Burns from the poo
     

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