Pics of butchered corn x with very weird skin! Safe to eat?

Mar 17, 2018
Desert southwest, a farm in N.M.
My Coop
My Coop
Butchered this corn x yesterday, as I was plucking I noticed its very strange skin! It looks like different colored patches but it was actually more like it was patches of super thin skin that I could see through. And visible thin veins. I skinned it and the meat seems fine but I'd like to know if its safe to eat or not. I've never seen anything like this and neither had my grandparents who raised 50 birds and butchered them yearly for 40 years of their lives... I couldnt find anything on a google search either. But who knows maybe it's a common thing with corn x? Its our first year having them, I've butchered about 25 of them so far, two had fluid around their hearts, nothing else strange though.

So I mainly want to know if any one knows if there's any disease that makes this appearance? Every other aspect of the bird inside and out was perfectly normal. I even cut open the heart and stomach , lungs, and everything to examine closely. Nothing strange in the gizzard, no fluids anywhere, nothing enlarged, bird acted perfectly healthy...
Then when i was done processing I immediately forgot and fed all the edible inside to my dogs like normal, but they seem ok...


Even on the legs! This leg was fully peeled of skin already.

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6 Years
Apr 20, 2015
I'm thinking some kind os skin disease? Like psoriasis, just obviously something else. The skin seems dry in those areas, like it lacks fat tissue or something. Guess that would explain the different color too.
I can't imagine it would be a problem to eat the meat, though I'd probably avoid eating the skin - both because texture and taste might be off, and because the change in the skin might have made it more susceptible to infections. It doesn't look infected, but who knows.
Mar 17, 2018
Desert southwest, a farm in N.M.
My Coop
My Coop
I too thought about the blood, but it bled out normal and when i chopped it up it seemed normal too as far as not seeing any veins full of blood or pockets of blood in the organs, etc. Scalded it at 145 for the same amount of time as the others i did the same day...
I think you are all right about some kind of skin thing. Really interesting anyway! Im planning to eat it since the meat looks fine and normal.


12 Years
Dec 1, 2007
Puna, Big Island, HI
Huh, that's strange. I don't know what their living conditions were, but is it really humid or poorly ventilated by chance?

First thing that came to mind was a fungal infection, but I've never seen a chicken contact skin fungus in the way that humans do. I don't know. Cornish X spend so much time laying down because of their physical issues that I wouldn't put it past them.

That or some bacterial skin infection I'm unfamiliar with are my best guesses.

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