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Processing an otherwise healthy Roo with bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by flockmomma, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. flockmomma

    flockmomma Chirping

    May 8, 2013
    We have an 19-20 week old RSL Roo, Stewie, that we were planning on processing soon. He has curled toes on both feet, has had them since he was a tiny chick, and under one toe on each foot we noticed bumblefoot spots today. He is otherwise perky, healthy, etc...just has those spots.

    Are we okay to go ahead and process him? Are there any precautions to be taken if we do? Or do we need to treat the bumblefoot prior to slaughter?

    This is our first one to process.

  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    As long as you don't actually touch any of the puss from the bumblefoot, you should be okay, but gloves may be a good precaution. His meat will be perfectly fine. You may want to cut the legs off right after slaughter so that you don't have to worry during the rest of the processing. Good luck!
  3. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Songster

    Mar 27, 2013
    I absolutely agree. The infection is just in the feet, not the rest of the body, and the bulk of the Staph germs are under the spots he has on his feet, so don't mess with them.

    In order to have proper infection control to prevent spread, you probably should use one pair of disposable rubber gloves to handle the feet and get them removed. Then remove those gloves, wash your hands, and put on new gloves to finish your processing if you normally wear them.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

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