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I recently bought 40lbs of Vital Farms (by Backyard Birds) chicken drumsticks through Texas Tripe. This batch was one of the worst smelling I have ever purchased and I've been purchasing this product from TT for nearly 2 years now. 


It was very bloody as if this batch of chickens weren't drained properly and nearly all the drummies look bruised. I trimmed off some freezer burned skin/fat and some looked rancid (grey color). Finally, the smell...I know Vital Farms/BYB uses a vinegar/water solution to clean their chickens after butchering instead of the traditional chlorine bath. This batch smells like ammonia or something that was fermented. Closest thing I can describe it as is as if you mixed vinegar, water and fish sauce together and left it out in the hot sun for a few days.


Based on this info, should I ask Texas Tripe for a refund? Or would it be OK to feed? 

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It is probably ok to feed, but if you have any doubts, contact them and see what they say. I know I have left chicken outside to thaw all day in the summer before, and the smell will about knock you down. Chicken seems to sour very quickly, even refridgerated. But that smell seems to make mine like it more. But if you don't feel right about what you have, certainly let them know.

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