Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mylilchix, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    One of our RIR hens died today. It appears that she broke her neck. We'd like to processor her, but we don't have time tonight. What can I do with the body in the mean time?
    Thanks, Sonja
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I'm not sure so don't quote me on this, but maybe at least cut her head off and let her bleed out? If it's cold enough where you are, maybe hang it until tomorrow. I know that's what we do with deer but have no idea if that will work with chickens but I don't see why not.

    Sorry about your bird btw -
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Personally, i wouldn't eat it if you found it dead. I didn't even eat big cornish x bird who died at some point between being put out back and me getting the knife. I gave it to the animals instead.
  4. Poler

    Poler In the Brooder

    Jul 1, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I dont think its a good idea to eat any animal that you didnt kill yourself, and you need to process it immediately. I'd say 30 minutes or less from the time of death.
  5. quercus21

    quercus21 Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Tivoli, NY
    I wouldn't eat it.
  6. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I wouldn't eat it either especially if you are really not sure why it died.
  7. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I don't know much but I do know you have to gut it immediately
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    don't do it. ack.

    purr is right. the processing needs to be within a quick amount of time and the body needs to be brought down in temp quickly to keep 'fresh'.
  9. chixrus

    chixrus Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    I honestly wouldn't eat it my self, simply because you don't know if it was sick for a while beforehand, but I know a lady who found a dead duck on the side of the road, picked it up and found out that it was still warm, took it home, had her two kids disect it and then ate it. It all depends on your perspective.
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    I would not eat a bird that died without me killing it.. I also do not butcher disabled birds or sickly birds..

    My wife, on the other hand, would...

    I throw away cracked eggs if I find them that way in the nest..

    My wife saves every egg.. I throw them away when she is gone and she thinks I used them..

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