As if this day isn't exhausting enough...my neighbor's dog got loose and was running all over my yard this afternoon. Now I have at least two dead chickens on my hands. Can I eat them, or does it make sense to go bang on his door and ask if his dog is vaccinated? They're only a couple hours old.
Did any of guts, specifically the bile sack, get opened up? Actually, if they are a couple of hours old, you likely aren't going to be able to bleed them properly. You could always open them up to see what kind of damage was done, sort of an experiment.
No, none of the guts got opened up. I butchered them all last night (5 in total), and there were some broken ribs, but no intestinal rupture or anything. I put them in my freezer, I suppose they'll be fine to eat?
I've done it, with some friends who were willing to violate some rules of their cultures. And we lived to tell the tale. Seemed fine. (The dogs were feral, not neighbors' pets). However when a bunch of chickens just died on their own initiative we didn't eat them.
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Agree with Rebecca on the whole not eating any that just fall over dead.
I figure the only thing I would do in this situation is to rinse and soak the chicken thoroughly to wash out as much blood as possible that got left in the meat. I really do like to let mine drain out a bit before finishing the processing.
ETA: As to the neighbors, keep an eye on them for when the PAW (Post Apocalyptic World) comes, might want to use some extra sauce and good dry rub on them.
Eating them yourself is just one option. If you're in any doubt, you could process them, cook them up and feed them to anything that eats meat.....including chickens and pigs. You can also put them into a maggot grower and allow the flies to do their thing which includes self harvesting - for the benefit of your chickens and ducks. Or you could put them into a BioPod and feed them to black soldier fly larvae and the feed the mature larvae to the chickens, ducks and pigs.
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