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?