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Roos butchered~a few had cysts on their breast bone??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Brahma Mamma, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    Hey Everyone!

    So, today we butchered 30 roos. We started out with a discounted lot of chicks from tractor supply and had no idea how great pullets are compared to straight runs. We have almost 300 chickens, so you can imagine the roo overpopulation.

    Anyway, a few (3 or less) of the roos had a small to large bump on their chest. When we cut it off, it appeared to be some kind of cyst with liquid in it. It was always located in the middle of the breast.

    What is this? Thanks for your input!

  2. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Songster

    May 28, 2010
    I've heard that fast growing meat birds can get blisters on their breasts, especially if they are allowed to roost.
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    its probably from them perching.
  4. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I had that in a few of my Freedom Rangers I butchered a couple of weeks ago. They didn't have a roost. No idea what it was caused from, but I just cut it off and kept going.
  5. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    Thanks for the info guys! I didn't specify what kind of roos they were - a mixed batch of heritage breeds. They may have been roosting in the coop but these guys we culled from the ones who wouldn't go in the coop at night (long story).

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