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Recently shot several Quail with white spots on their breasts about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Anyone know what this is and is it ok to eat them?
 

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was a spot on the breat not a protrusion or abcess. Texture was really about the same I'll se if I can find one in the freezer and try and get a picture.
 

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White spots mean sarcocystis. AKA rice breast. It is a parasite. Mostly it is associated with ducks, but it can be found in other species. I advise not to eat, and dispose of the carcass where other animals will not eat it which could transfer the disease.

They look like grains of rice running with the grain of the meat in the breast.

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12150_12220-27272--,00.html

Stuff like this is why you don't clean birds with cuts on your hands. Apparently a regular on refugeforums got had some of these things infect his thumb.

I shot a black duck with this last week, that's the only reason I know about it.

Jeremiah
 
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