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Rooster with scaly leg mite. Is the bird safe to eat?  RSS feed

 
Rus Williams
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I have a rooster. It has scaly leg. It was given to me. I shall be much more careful in future to fully inspect the mouths of gift horses.

Anyway. The legs are much improved after 3+ weeks. Washing and vaseline (petroleum jelly) seems to be doing the trick,  but the rooster is seriously noisy, it's taking a long time and we're in a built up area. It was only the plan to have him for a few weeks, get some eggs fertilised and then butcher him. Needless to say he's not in with the hens. The neighbours are out of patience and, while it's not yet at the pitchforks and burning torches level yet, it's rapidly becoming clear that it's him or me.

So as the subject says, is the bird safe to eat. I get the heebie jeebies a little, but I think that's in my mind. Does anyone have anything to say on the matter?

Oh and please, please, please label your answer as opinion or experience. I really don't want to make a mistake here.
Thanks for your time
 
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I have no experience, but these are external parasites, right?  I can't see how they would affect the safety or integrity of the bird's meat.
 
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Far from scientific but we've eaten chickens with mites in our household with no ill effects. We did dispose of the feed instead of using them for broth or anything like that and gave an extra scrub to the skin...
 
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Thanks for the replies. With this, and some other research, I'm happy that the bird is fine to eat.
I like to be as sure as I can be when my experience is seriously limited!
 
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