Weird "worm" like things coming out of the pores?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kara_leigh, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We butchered a roo today, and when we were plucking the feathers, a lot of the pores/feather sockets had these gooey, worm like things coming out of them after the feathers were pulled out. I don't know that they were worms, but they were the shape of a worm. I didn't get any pictures, sorry. Does anyone have any idea what they were?
     
  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    It's part of the feather - no worms [​IMG]

    It's hard to explain, but there is a bit of living tissue deep in the quill - I *think* it's more prevalent in "new" feathers than "old" feathers.

    Scrape it off with the backside of a knife, but if it's left, it won't harm anything.
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Yep, that's normal. [​IMG]
     
  4. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, thank goodness!! None of the other birds we have butchered had that, so I was worried. Thank you!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read this with a smile, you definitely have nothing to worry about. It's the liquid/gel ant the end of a feather. A light colored chicken will have a clear gel, a darker one will have a black gel.

    Looks like a worm, but definitely not a worm...
     

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