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Sarcocystis

Postby cwsmith » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:13 pm

Hey everyone,

I've heard of it before but up until now I have never seen a duck with what is called "rice breast" or sarcocystis. Shot a mallard yesterday that had an obvious mild amount of it in its breast, and I decided to discard it as I had concerns about the safety in eating it. How common is this?

If you have ran into a bird(s) that have it, what kinds have you found it in and what state are you in? I just kind of am wondering about a little more information on this.

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13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby juwehoyt » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:37 pm

I shot 1 mallard drake this year that had it really bad. (Eastern Oregon) I also tossed it. Found some info here http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/wldhealth/ ... cystis.htm
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby duckman27 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:11 am

I see it most commonly in spoonies. Saw it a few times in mallards and then shot a wigeon with it. Seems like I only see it earlier in the season
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby cwsmith » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:56 am

my mallard was also in oregon and i know of someone who shot a pintail with the condition a week ago.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby Quack'emStack'em » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:45 am

I shot a Mallard in SW Idaho about a week ago that had a pretty severe case of rice breast. It even had the parasites in the leg and wing meat. Not quite the surprise I had in mind when I opened him up.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby cwsmith » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:13 pm

i know that i have read that it is safe to eat when cooked thoroughly as you would kill any pathogens in the meat.... but its just so unappetizing that i don't want to keep it. i feel bad saying that, especially as a sportsman who believes in making the most out of your harvests. oh well. i guess i can still keep fly-tying feathers and dog training wings off of birds like that.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:34 pm

I've seen it most in pintails, and discard the meat when I find rice breast. But I pluck most of my birds and don't give rice breast a second thought when eating them: a case of what I don't know not hurting me.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby 1Luckytiger » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:40 pm

Kill the occasional mallard in Northeastern Arkansas that will have it...
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:12 pm

http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=210645&p=1894694&hilit=rice#p1894694
Pretty good read that was posted before I dropped the Utah forum. We see it a lot in mallards. I'm sure most spoonies have it as well around here but in Utah, we are told not to eat them because of the high murcery levels in them. So I always pass them up. I mostly hunt for duck jerkey and poppers.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby ohioboy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:34 pm

Thanks junior, that last pic was nasty. My skin is crawling now.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby juwehoyt » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:11 pm

ohioboy wrote:Thanks junior, that last pic was nasty. My skin is crawling now.

2nd that...NASTY!!!!
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby cwsmith » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:28 am

:eek: how did that bird still function?? you'd think that would severely inhibit its muscles from functioning properly.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby flight control » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:39 pm

I have found it in two ducks so far, a malard hen and a black duck.But I start plucking my birds once they lose their pin feathers. Outa sight, outa mind. Oh and I'm located in N-B, Canada
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby duckslayer74 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:17 am

I shot a drake Mallard on our last day of the hunt that had it, he got canned fast. I live in Northern Utah also, just a few miles from the Great Salt Lake and surrounding marshes.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby FowlOffspring » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:29 pm

A hen Blue Bill that my dad shot this year had it but it had a total of like 4 or 5 of them tops.Still threw it away, but it wasn't anything like that shoveler.
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Re: Sarcocystis

Postby rikasam2013 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:48 pm

I generally get 1-2 birds a year here in Idaho with it. This year, none. I'll eat a mild case, like only a few showing, but a full blown whitey no way.
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