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Hey guys, today I shot a Pintail drake and when I went to clean the bird I noticed that it had little white worms all over the breast. I was just wondering if any of you have seen this before and know what kind of worms they are. I do not like to waste game, and was wondering if the bird was still salvagable. Thanks guys.
 

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It is called Rice Breast. Some kind of parasite. Supposedly if you thoroughly cook it there is no problem with eating it.
 

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What causes sarcocystosis?

Sarcocystosis is caused by the cyst stage of a single-celled parasite.
Lifecycle: The parasite needs a waterfowl host and a carnivore host. The parasite multiplies in the waterfowl forming cysts in the muscles. The carnivore becomes infected when it eats meat from a duck with cysts. The parasite reproduces in the carnivore's intestine without harming the carnivore. It comes out in the carnivore's droppings and contaminates vegetation, which is eaten by ducks.

Where does sarcocystosis occur?

Sarcocystosis occurs in many species of ducks throughout North America.

What are the signs of sarcocystosis?

Waterfowl and carnivore hosts usually appear healthy.
When butchering infected ducks, cysts may be observed in the breast muscle.
Cysts may look like grains of rice (whitish streaks) running in the direction of the muscle fibers.

How can I protect myself?

Humans cannot be infected by the cysts of Sarcocystis spp. in meat.

Can I eat the meat?

Meat from an infected duck is suitable for human consumption.
Cooking will kill the parasite.
Do not feed infected meat to dogs.
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None for me thanks! :thumbsdown:

If I showed that to my wife she might not touch ducks for years.
 

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I might eat it, ... but only if it was that or starve!! :tounge:
 
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