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Annemieke

Can I eat a chicken which died of unknown causes?

Our neighbours gave me a chicken which died yesterday, cause unknown. Can I make it into soup? I would so love to ....
Cathryn

No, don't risk it. Why on earth did they give you a dead chicken?
dpack

yes you can but you really shouldnt.DONT EAT IT

much like most mushrooms can be eaten unknown one are sometimes only eaten once.

if it died of violence or obvious accident i would gobble it but "died, cause unknown" is rather risky.

it might have found some treated seed,toxic plant etc etc or it might carry quite a biological challenge from some horrible bug which you may also have a problem with.

iT just isnt worth it
Falstaff

Many years ago, I sat under an ash tree on the edge of a cornfild (Wheat) at harvest time and shot 6 pigeons, which fell in the corn. Smile

Damn dog brought back Seven ! Shocked

Never did work out which one I shouldn't eat - so dog and ferrets had the lot ! Rolling Eyes

If chickens are owt like aviary birds - they do tend to drop off their perches in the autumn weather change - and oddly again when the weather changes for the better in the spring as well !

However, the right thing to do is to nip down to Lidl and pay 3 for a "proper one" - If that's an old laying bird that died of a shortage of breath - it'll be tough as old boots and inedible without significant "processing" Wink
Annemieke

Didn't eat it, wisely, I think it was wishful thinking that I could. I thought I'd make it into soup and cook it for hours. But that may not help against everything, may it?
dpack

correct,a half hour boil of cubed carrion will deal with most issues but not all , for example mercury treated seed ,some bacterial exotoxins and some plant or man made toxins are not destroyed by a good boil.

if cause of death isnt obvious tis best to avoid the risk unless the risk of starving that day is greater than that of a toxic hazard. even if hungry i would be quite careful with "of unknown causes" .
Bodger

Re: Can I eat a chicken which died of unknown causes?

Our neighbours gave me a chicken which died yesterday, cause unknown. Can I make it into soup? I would so love to ....


Only just seen this and my reply would be " Only if you want to die of an unknown cause too" Shocked Your so very lucky to have such a generous neighbour. Laughing
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