uh oh. Tore the gall bladder. Can I still eat that bird?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by happydog, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. happydog

    happydog Songster

    Nov 22, 2009
    Western NC
    I ruptured a gall bladder on one chicken I butchered. I hosed it off well but it left a green stain on the skin on the back. Will it taint the skin or the meat underneath it? Should I pull the skin off and discard it or discard the whole bird? How bad of a booboo is that?

  2. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    not too much of a bad booboo

    usually washing it cleans it and its good to go

    if it stains then just cut that part of meat/skin away

    its can be hard sometimes to cut the gall bladder away from the liver sometimes it tears when pulling it

    but as long as you remove anytraces of the green stain your good to go
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  3. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    If you cleaned it off real good it won't hurt you and you may not even notice any off taste, but if you're still concerned that that area is tainted, just carefully cut away the tainted bit of skin/meat/whatever. I would definitely still eat it, but I wouldn't sell it to anybody. So, basically, not a big deal IMO. Yes, you don't WANT to rupture it, and it's an inconvenience, but generally I find people make too big a deal over it. Enjoy your chicken!
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    It won't hurt you, but it is bitter. I would cut away just the small area that is stained.

    In the future, when you pull the guts out, remove them off to the side away from your bird.

    At that point, I remove the liver and set it even further away. Then I pick through the guts, keeping what I want and throwing the rest into the gut bucket. Then, I remove the gall bladder. It is not near any meat I want to keep. I use a sharp knife and I cut away a small amount of liver with it. That way there is no chance of breaking it, but if it does break, it can't get onto anything but the one liver it was attached to.

    I set aside 3-4 gizzards before I clean those.
  5. Grassman 52

    Grassman 52 Chirping

    Aug 2, 2012
    Ludlow Mass
    I agree - I clean my birds first and finish processing everything before cleaning the livers.
  6. happydog

    happydog Songster

    Nov 22, 2009
    Western NC
    Thanks. I think I punctured it with my fingernail as I pulled it out. Lesson learned: trim your nails before eviscerating. :/ At least I didn't cut myself this time, so I reckon I'm improving.
  7. jane byrd

    jane byrd Hatching

    Dec 21, 2016
    Hiya..so, question...what if you accidentally cook it with the rest of the innerds..and eat it, is it ok?
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If cooked thoroughly, all dangerous bacteria should be killed rendering it safe to eat.
  9. jane byrd

    jane byrd Hatching

    Dec 21, 2016
    Well thats good, innerd pie tomorrow

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