Fsbirdhouse wrote:What exactly is rice breast, I've only seen one bird with it that I can recall.
Parasites in the breast meat. When you skin the bird it looks like rice kernals in the meat. From what I've read if you cook the meat good it's no big deal. Very seldom get anything like that here. It's always grossed me out though, so any time I've seen it I chuck the bird. It's common down in the Sacramento Valley, but not up here. I've only learned a little about it from a small amount of reading. Just a lesson learned. Lots of lessons learned in life, some matter, some don't. I tend to learn more by "doing" than "seeing". Have had times though, even in the recent past, where folks have warned me about something, but I didn't listen. Figured it couldn't be that bad. Then something happened, and I learned my lesson. Should have listened to the warnings and saved myself some grief I guess.
Speaking of lessons, it's gonna be interesting dow here this year when folks don't have their usual watering holes to hunt. We'll see how many of them have been paying attention to what kind of "alternative methods" are out there for chasing birds. Problem with most folks is they do one thing for so long it becomes ingrained in them and that's all they know. I like to experiment and think outside the box. The lessons I've learned by doing that just might come in real handy this year.