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greenish skin on table bird
We necked a cockerel yesterday & OH has just plucked it & found it has greenish skin around the vent & where the legs join the breast. Never seen this before & wonder if we should just throw the carcass.

Bit of background; he had a limp from feb 7th, couldn't find a problem (still can't), so assumed he'd landed badly & over stretched it somehow. Linp never completely went, but was much better (he spent a lot of time running from the dominant cock). Never noticed it whilst he was alive, but as soon as he was necked, he absolutely stunk of poo, smell is still there today. He was very strong, movement wise, after necking, so wondered if this might cause bruising?

The rest of the flock & his hatch are fine, we kept the pullets.

Anyone have a clue?
no but i'm glad i had my roast chicken yesterday. TBH if i brought that from a shop i'd give it too the cats and
Not sure I would fancy eating it <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
I agree. OH looked quite relieved when I said 'bin it'. It sat in the cellar earlier this evening, with the extractor fan on, I swear I could still smell it!
The skin was green due to lack of oxygen to the cells. You see this a lot in intensively kept table birds, and those that are allowed to get too big and their legs can't support the weight of their body. It's particularly noticable in the breast skin and leg skin. When you cut the bird up after plucking, the fillets next to the breast bone are often green or yellow, lack of oxygen.

The rest of the bird would have been fine to eat, and if it was only a small part of the skin that was green, it was perfectly safe to eat the bird. Just cut off the green area of skin.

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