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Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby MaineLotus » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:54 am

Anyone seen this before? I hate to throw away a duck, but this doesn't look edible. The duck looked healthy otherwise, large mature Black.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:10 am

It's called "Rice Breast" This is the 2nd duck I've heard about this year with it.

http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/f ... ter_28.pdf
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby 733SubDucker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:36 am

Heard of it but lucky to not encounter it.

Seems like when you see it in this area, it tends to be in Blacks.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby R-Factor » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:39 am

733SubDucker wrote:Seems like when you see it in this area, it tends to be in Blacks.

In my circles, that seems to be the case as well. I believe it's ok to eat, but I wouldn't personally...good treat for the foxes and coons out back. :wink:
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby THETANK01 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:49 am

Had 3 spoonbills last year with rice breast. All shot in the same flock.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby MaineLotus » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:40 pm

R-Factor wrote:In my circles, that seems to be the case as well. I believe it's ok to eat, but I wouldn't personally...good treat for the foxes and coons out back. :wink:


I read that it is OK to eat, but I'll pass. The thought of eating meat covered with hundreds of cysts - :no:
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby wanapasaki » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:50 pm

Spoonies get coated with this parasite
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby 682x » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:58 pm

Never seen it myself , thanks for the info.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby decoycarver » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:45 am

38 seasons and have never seen -great article-thanks for posting-good for the taxidermist..would not eat-but you would have a side dish of " Rice " in one bite ! Bon a petite-mother in Law would you like a whole Duck for yourself ?? :yes: Can I cyst you in anyway ??
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby RedDog » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:12 am

Yeah, seen it a few times. Once this year. Always Black ducks.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby Seaductor » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:39 am

My buddy shot one with it several years ago! I stopped plucking my ducks after I saw that!!! It's not harmful to you they say! But it's not too appetizing either!

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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby Mholland » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:04 pm

Had a beautiful mature mallard this year that was pretty full of it from mid-Michigan. First one I've seen in 15+ years.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby ic3breaker » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:29 am

R-Factor wrote:...good treat for the foxes and coons out back. :wink:


The life cycle of the parasite needs a host to consume the infected meat, and then when the meat passes through it can be spread into the water and the ducks take it in unwittingly. Better off burning the carcass or disposing of it in a way where animals are unlikely to get at it, even if it isn't a big problem no sense in spreading it to your local area if it isn't there already. I have yet to see it myself, but if I shot a duck with it somewhere then brought it home to clean I wouldn't be tossing it in the woods to risk my local waters getting the parasite.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't look appetizing...

Postby Professor_Leakey » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:46 am

ic3breaker wrote:
R-Factor wrote:...good treat for the foxes and coons out back. :wink:


The life cycle of the parasite needs a host to consume the infected meat, and then when the meat passes through it can be spread into the water and the ducks take it in unwittingly. Better off burning the carcass or disposing of it in a way where animals are unlikely to get at it, even if it isn't a big problem no sense in spreading it to your local area if it isn't there already. I have yet to see it myself, but if I shot a duck with it somewhere then brought it home to clean I wouldn't be tossing it in the woods to risk my local waters getting the parasite.


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bag it up real good and trash it. maybe freeze it first and then dispose of it however you would like? im guessing freezing would kill the parasite but that is only a guess. better to be safe and not spread it.
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