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Harvesting Chickens
September 4, 2013
10:43 am
Wake Va
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This past weekend we were harvesting a few chickens and I found something I have never seen before. One of the chickens had a growth extruding from between the breast bone. Has anyone ever saw this? I opened the growth and found mostly fatty and hard tissue. We did not eat the Chicken. My concern is that I have 50 more roosters to harvest and I’m hoping this is a isolated thing and not some type of disease. 

Thanks for your help. 


September 4, 2013
1:18 pm
N.E. Ohio
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Doesn’t sound like any actual disease, and honestly, the only thing I’d do is keep an eye out when you are butchering the rest of them, but I suspect it’s just an anomaly. Chickens do get ‘growths’ and I’ve always thought it was at least partially because chickens just grow so so fast!  Not sure if there is any scientific basis for that, so don’t quote me on that…  it’s just always been my opinion.

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September 9, 2013
1:38 pm
Upstate, New York
Big Chicken
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February 20, 2011
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I have been doing meat birds for 6 years, never had a “growth ” on any bird. Broken leg from being to heavy too fast yes….growth …no. Sorry that is no help. Don’t blame you for not using the bird for food. That would creep me out too.




September 9, 2013
2:30 pm
Bel Air Maryland
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If your local college has a nursing school they might have an academic interest in being able to examine it.


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