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Processed an older laying hen, and something weird happened...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Jobot, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. Jobot

    Jobot Out Of The Brooder

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    So, as we processed our older bird, she was almost four years old, we got to the abdominal cavity and a bunch of liquid came out. Probably an ounce or two. It was yellowish from all the fat, smelled a little like sulphur. Is she ok to eat? There were also some yellow clumps in there that seemed separate from the fat, not sure what those were.
    Looked up some stuff, and it sounds like it could be ascites, but I wanted to pick your guys' brains because you guys are amazing. :)
    Anyway, any help is appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    It's common in older layers, the yellow clumps you found were what is known as "lash" eggs, which are just egg tumors. The ascites is just fluid that collects in the abdomen in the presence of a foreign body floating around in there. The sulfur smell is from the egg yolk material of the tumor, which is just sort of a "cooked" egg yolk floating around in there. The chicken is safe to eat, no problems. You'll find these again down through the years of butchering out old hens, usually in the high production breeds.
     
  3. Jobot

    Jobot Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I appreciate it!
     

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