Safe to eat turkey with wry neck? Help!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by DCS, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. DCS

    DCS Songster

    Nov 26, 2008
    Long story short, 3 days ago we noticed one of our BBB was suddenly walking backwards and flipping his neck up and around. He seemed alert and was chirping, aside from the whole balance thing. I figured it might be wryneck, brought him up to the garage and started the vitamin thing.

    (He and all the others are on 30% gamebird and doing well.)

    Tonight, DH announced that he felt like the little guy was suffering too much, not eating or drinking (probably because he couldn't), and we decided to let him go. (DH has a thing about suffering, and couldn't stand it)

    But now, do I butcher him for consumption? He's 8 weeks old, and I"m sure there's meat there. But it is safe? I assume so, but thought I'd poll the crowd first.
  2. Peeper7

    Peeper7 Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Northeast Ohio
    If it's really wry neck then there is no reason I can think of not to eat it.
    If the symptom is caused by some disease, then I would say not.
    good luck
  3. cassie

    cassie Crowing

    Mar 19, 2009
    I'd eat him!!
  4. DCS

    DCS Songster

    Nov 26, 2008
    He's "resting" peacefully in the fridge. It seemed the humane thing to do. (DH was really upset about the little guy possibly suffering.)

    So it's an early Thanksgiving for us. His meat an innards looked fine, so I will presume it was just a fluke.
  5. bkvail

    bkvail Songster

    I don't know about birds, but wry neck in rabbits is often caused from either e.cunculi or inner ear infections.
    here is an interesting article.
    Aside from that, I think I would have put it down too, especially since it was already meant for butcher, just a little earlier than expected [​IMG]

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