What Is This!??!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ohiofarmgirl, May 28, 2010.

  1. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    I'm not icked out by butchering but this sent me flying across the kitchen and hiding under a table...

    what the heck is this? it appears to be a greenish section on the bird's tenderloin/oyster in the breast. it seems contained to one area so i'm leaning toward some kind of tumor/fatty/something not found in nature

    we dressed our meaties earlier this week and they have been resting in a (very cold) fridge. the rest are fine but i'm stumped at this.

    the next question is.... um... do i just chuck the whole bird? use the back quarters? give it to the dog? keep hiding under this table?


  2. petrelline

    petrelline Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Los Gatos, CA
    I have read, here and elsewhere, that this happens with the cornish cross chickens sometimes, especially if they get a lot of exercise. It's because the breast is so large on the outside that the inside (tenderloin) can't get enough blood flow, and the muscle tissue dies off and turns green. It's not a disease. You can just cut it out and eat the rest of the chicken.
  3. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    ahhh... i see... well they did have to get right out there and walk around. i guess i can come out from under the table now.

    thanks, petrelline!

    also i see in your sig that you have freedom rangers. we had red broilers last summer and i have to say that we liked them much better than these meaties. granted we got a ton of meat...and we didnt get the huge breasts last year that i have sitting on my counter from these meats... but golly i'm not sure we'll get these CX's again. we'll definitely get either the freedoms or the red broilers (from ideal)

    thanks for the info
  4. Ewww....it looks like some sort of fatty thing to me....is it really that color green??? [​IMG] Does it smell funny? Now I think I'm going to hide under the table!
  5. SteveH

    SteveH Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Last edited: May 28, 2010
  6. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    thanks Steve!

    once i got a name for it i was able to find it online... eeuueueuewwwweeee....

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