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Is it normal to find developing chicken eggs inside the carcass?

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lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 12:53:09

I've just had chicken served to me by my mil and after eating i noticed inside the carcass these little eggs. Has anyone ever seen this before? Is it normal? How come they weren't cleaned out with the rest of the innards? It's made me feel quite queasy sad

TheMonster Mon 08-Aug-11 12:54:12

Are you sure they were eggs? What did they look like?
I'd be a bit grossed out.

CMOTdibbler Mon 08-Aug-11 12:54:29

Yes, normal, but also normal to remove the oviducts when cleaning the chicken before cooking ime

4merlyknownasSHD Mon 08-Aug-11 12:56:24

A bit of extra protein.

lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 12:56:26

They looked like mini eggs, different sizes, about 6 of them attached onto the carcass. It totally has grossed me out and I will be afraid to eat anything but bread for the next two days we are here.

CMOT, why wouldn't she have removed them before cooking then? They won't have done us any harm I presume, but that have made me feel very sick, particularly as I'm 7 months pregnant!

lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 12:58:08

4merly, that's grim.

GypsyMoth Mon 08-Aug-11 12:59:46

God that would put me off for LIFE!!

TheMonster Mon 08-Aug-11 13:01:03

Did you point them out to her?

lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 13:01:29

Tiffany, I know right! Dh said it's made him want to become veggie lol!

lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 13:02:57

Body, she pointed them out to us! Why? I have no idea and will never be able to eat without anxiety in her house again grin

GalaxyGuzzler Mon 08-Aug-11 13:08:13

im pretty sure hens only develope one egg at a time and the shell is only formed just before its laid (i think 30 mins ish before) anyone with more experiance feel free to correct me on this! not sure what it was that you saw but it sounds gross!

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 13:12:21

yes, she should have removed the oviducts.
that's just basic cooking techniques!

lookout Mon 08-Aug-11 13:16:59

Oooh, this is making me feel worse. Please tell me it won't have done me any harm! I'm squeamish enough as it is but being pregnant is making it worse!

GalaxyGuzzler Mon 08-Aug-11 13:19:26

well if it was properly cooked, it should be fine as any bacteria would have been killed.

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 13:32:17

it won't have done you any harm, don't panic. smile

QueenofJacksDreams Mon 08-Aug-11 13:34:46

Its a Jewish delicacy, seen as a bonus in chicken soup and wouldn't of harmed you at all.

GypsyMoth Mon 08-Aug-11 14:03:26

I have never heard of oviducts! A basic cooking skill nickelbabe? I wonder how many I have not detected then??

And I used to nanny for Jewish families and MAKE the chicken soup......I don't recall eggs in the carcass but have vague memories of odd bits, had to remove big vein from the neck, put the stomach bit in the soup? Scrape scales off the feet to put in the pot? I wasn't squeamish back then, I am now I think!!

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 14:22:38

Tiff - i just meant removing the bits from inside. smile

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 14:23:03

(and CMOT said the same as me)

GypsyMoth Mon 08-Aug-11 14:24:16

How far in do you need to look?

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 14:26:29

blush dunno, i'm a vegetarian.

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 14:27:01

(i only clicked on the thread because it was about chickens and eggs. blush )

QueenofJacksDreams Mon 08-Aug-11 14:27:16

"With modern poultry rearing, it is rare to find unhatched eggs inside a chicken, but if you do, they make a delicious addition to the soup. For kashrut purposes, unhatched eggs are considered meat, not pareve as are hatched eggs, so they must be koshered in the same way as meat."

link for above text I'm reading a book called "What I don't know about Animals" the woman who wrote it described having the traditional soup with eggs attached still inside the chicken and how it was great luck and a delicacy to find them. Thats the only reason I know about it to be honest. blush

stupefy Mon 08-Aug-11 14:27:16

I've cooked a lot of chickens in my life and have never even heard of an oviduct shock

nickelbabe Mon 08-Aug-11 14:33:06

it's attached to the vent along with the poo maker.
it's basically just part of the chicken's innards.

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