still eatable or wasted a hen ?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by strangeanimal, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. strangeanimal

    strangeanimal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was doubting when I got up because it seems I forgot to put a chicken I have culled into the fridge , it was the mother of most of my hens who struggled a little bit on only age of 4 and began to gain more weight yet she'd better gained some feathers instead .
    Now in my country it is about 8 am , she got culled about 9 pm yesterday and was left in my kitchen where temperature was maximum about 15-16°Celsius . She has been blead but I doubt she could still be roasted , any thoughts about this ? Anyone with the ' experience ' ? I did read about people eating it the day after a night 'dying ' but that was always stored in the fridge so I have no idea , she isn't cut up or anything yet so I doubt . Hope still possible because I don't like to have wasted the life of this hen , she gave 'birth ' to most of my sussex hens , would be sad if now her death was for no reason at all .
    Please share your ideas about this , ty .
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I know it’s been a long time since your post, but personally I would not eat it. You can “hang” birds for days without cleaning them, it’s often done with pheasant for example. But the key is temperature. The warmer the temperature the faster the bacteria grows and ruins the meat. If the bird had been kept at below 10 degrees C I’d say no problem, that is too cold for the bacteria to grow. But at 15 C I’d just consider that too warm.
     
  3. strangeanimal

    strangeanimal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I was hoping to get answers before yet too late so went to the kitchen and still wanted to roast it but no no it has a bad odor suddenly , not much but bad enough to not eat it . So stupid in fact , a real waste , she was carefully ' selected ' and now taking her life was just for no reason at all , I fell asleep while my kid was distracting me so forgot about the chicken too :( , yet she atleast has her rest now , she became very slow and broke a few toes going into the coop lately so maybe it then was for her best or I'm just looking for an excuse now to ' cover up my mistake ' ? shame but it happened and can happen to each one ... may she rest in peace after a life of leaving me a lot of living memories ;)
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can still use the carcass for compost or in the garden. Just cause you don't eat it, doesn't mean it's wasted.
     

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