Should I eat this bird??

eggscetera

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 12, 2011
94
1
41
Palmer, Alaska
Lost half my flock this morning to a fox (I actually saw him running across my backyard- no doubt whatsoever this guy got my chickens). Nothing but feathers remained. However- there was one bird still on the ground- nothing but the head was gone. I suspect the headless chicken was killed by a goshawk that we've seen hanging around and not the fox. Foxes take the whole bird away- bird predators leave the carcass. So, making the best of a bad situation, I boiled up water and plucked my remaining chicken (since it was still warm i figured it had only just happened and should still be OK to eat). Once the feathers were off I saw claw or bite marks on the back. The skin has been punctured. What do you veteran chicken folks think? Should I boil it up for soup?Or just bury it in the garden? Or toss it into the woods for the fox to haul away?
 

eggscetera

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 12, 2011
94
1
41
Palmer, Alaska
Guess you're right. We have plenty of meat birds in the freezer. Just hate to waste a good chicken. But it was the puncture wounds that gave me pause. Now- do I bury it or toss it into the woods? Should I feed the food chain? (that fox surely is feeding kits- it's May).
 

L3Home

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 12, 2012
33
8
22
Yakima, WA
Probably a good idea... rewarding the fox for hunting your chickens may not matter but you never know... I'm sorry you lost some of your birds.
 

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