I am interested in hearing what people think makes a chicken too risky to eat in regard to wounds from predators. I would like to hear from people who have a reason for what they say besides just being grossed out. Here are three scenarios: 1. A chicken gets a toe eaten off by a predator. The wound is treated, and the bird appears to fully recover before it is time to slaughter. 2. A chicken gets a wound to the leg, and the wound festers some. The bird seems to recover fully before it is time to slaughter, but limps around badly. 3. A chicken gets a wound to the leg, and the wound festers some. The bird seems to recover in spirit, but the wounded leg looks real bad and seems to be getting worse, so you decide you need to kill the chicken. 4. A chicken gets a wound to the leg, and the wound festers some. The bird becomes so listless and unspirited that you decide you need to kill the chicken. 5. A predator eats the bottom half of the leg off of the chicken. The chicken is still alive but needs to be killed immediately. Right now, I think I would eat birds 1 and 2. Is there any reason not to? I would consider eating birds 3 and 4 and just discarding the wounded tissue, but I would want to research it some more first. I would not eat bird 5. I just had this happen last night. I killed the bird and buried it. I would eat it in theory, but because I know the predator was a mammal, I did not want to risk contracting rabies (maybe a very small risk) from handling the bird for cleaning, which would be covered in the saliva of the mammalian predator (only mammals carry and contract rabies). If the bird were magically cleaned and cooked, I would eat it. Maybe if it were wounded by a hawk it would be OK?