What diseases make the meat inedible?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Whitey_87, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Whitey_87

    Whitey_87 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2009
    I noticed a McFatty that went down on it's legs this morning. It definitely will not get up so I gave it it's own food and water until I can butcher it after work today - if it makes it through the heat.

    I believe that my meaties have cocci. I remember reading that it is still ok to eat the meat since cocci stays in the intestines. Is that true?

    I was wondering what diseases / problems that I can identify during butchering that would tell me that I should not eat the meat?

    Thanks all,

  2. uhuh555

    uhuh555 Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    Most common diseases in poultry will not harm you if you eat it after it is well cooked.

    I prescribe to the belief that if the animal or poultry looks sick it gets feed to the cats and dogs after boiling for 40 minutes. This may be overkill but to error on the safe side is best.
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    that's a good question . . .
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    The only one that I know of is CRD and it's a Chronic Resp Disease. Doesn't affect the meat. I would say that if they have any type of infection, I wouldn't eat them.
  5. Whitey_87

    Whitey_87 In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2009
    When a bird goes down on its legs why does it not want to eat or drink? Or are two symptoms occuring at the same time...its legs gave out and something is making it not want to eat?

    When I am butchering (first time) what organs do I look at for infection that would indicate that I should not consume the bird?

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If legs are just giving out due to weight, or if they have some cocci in them, they are fine to eat. Cook well and only eat stuff you have killed and are otherwise healthy. Don't eat a bird with wild animal bits and is dying becuase of infection, but you can sure eat a bird which broke it's leg.

    Usually, if the liver is a solid red-pink, the bird is fine.

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