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Please Help! I am about to cook some pheasant and chukar. i keep pulling out lead bbs from the breasts is it safe to cook and eat because there is so little? Thanks. -Jack

Question by Mdhunter1. Uploaded on January 13, 2013

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from country road wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Just be careful when you chew---those birdshot can be murder on your bridgework---and don't swallow any and you'll be all right. I've been eating game killed with lead projectiles all my (considerable) life and it never has affected me. Haaahahahaheehehe---DON'T LET THEM GET OUT OF THE MIRRORS, FOR G0D'S SAKE!!!!

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I'd get out the ones you can find. If you look at the breasts carefully, you'll find most of them. Eating one or two once in a while by mistake won't give you lead poisoning but you should do your best. Many people are already getting too much lead exposure from the environment as it is. (Lead paint, industial exposure, etc.)

When I was in Europe where eating wild game is fairly common in restaurants, I remember a friend saying doctor's were telling pregnant women and children not to eat large amounts of wild game because of lead shot. I think that's overkill.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

If it will help I taught a Lead Abatement class for a number of years. Handling lead on a day to day business was the norm in our company. You have no danger in ingesting a few lead pellets other than cracking a tooth. The real danger is in Lead Oxide. Only then can it be absorbed into your blood stream. If you cast bullets or sinkers just follow good hygiene and was your hands. It's that gray dust that will do you harm. Once it's in you it does not pass out and can be cumulative.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

PS; Here's a pretty good joke about proper hygiene handling heavy metals.
A man goes to see his doctor. His complaint is an orange pen!s.
The doctor says well lets rule out some causes. Where do you work.
In an office was the answer.
Well it's not environmentally said the doctor. What about your parents or siblings.
No their fine.
Well it's not genetic. Where do you eat.
Just fast food.
Well it's not dietary. What do you do after work asked the doctor.
Oh the man said I just sit home watch P*rno and eat Cheese Doodles

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

PPS; allegnmnt; That European doctors warning might have to do with game taken from a contaminated source.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Agreed with above, be careful when you chew. If you're that worried about lead, start using steel shot or other more environmentally friendly loads.

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from JustTakeMeHunting14 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Get out what you as much as possible and you should be alright. Like everybody else says be careful chewing. When I hunt birds I generally shoot copper plated nitro pheasant

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

PS; Here's a pretty good joke about proper hygiene handling heavy metals.
A man goes to see his doctor. His complaint is an orange pen!s.
The doctor says well lets rule out some causes. Where do you work.
In an office was the answer.
Well it's not environmentally said the doctor. What about your parents or siblings.
No their fine.
Well it's not genetic. Where do you eat.
Just fast food.
Well it's not dietary. What do you do after work asked the doctor.
Oh the man said I just sit home watch P*rno and eat Cheese Doodles

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from country road wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Just be careful when you chew---those birdshot can be murder on your bridgework---and don't swallow any and you'll be all right. I've been eating game killed with lead projectiles all my (considerable) life and it never has affected me. Haaahahahaheehehe---DON'T LET THEM GET OUT OF THE MIRRORS, FOR G0D'S SAKE!!!!

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1

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

If it will help I taught a Lead Abatement class for a number of years. Handling lead on a day to day business was the norm in our company. You have no danger in ingesting a few lead pellets other than cracking a tooth. The real danger is in Lead Oxide. Only then can it be absorbed into your blood stream. If you cast bullets or sinkers just follow good hygiene and was your hands. It's that gray dust that will do you harm. Once it's in you it does not pass out and can be cumulative.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

PPS; allegnmnt; That European doctors warning might have to do with game taken from a contaminated source.

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from allegnmtn wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I'd get out the ones you can find. If you look at the breasts carefully, you'll find most of them. Eating one or two once in a while by mistake won't give you lead poisoning but you should do your best. Many people are already getting too much lead exposure from the environment as it is. (Lead paint, industial exposure, etc.)

When I was in Europe where eating wild game is fairly common in restaurants, I remember a friend saying doctor's were telling pregnant women and children not to eat large amounts of wild game because of lead shot. I think that's overkill.

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from JustTakeMeHunting14 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Get out what you as much as possible and you should be alright. Like everybody else says be careful chewing. When I hunt birds I generally shoot copper plated nitro pheasant

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Agreed with above, be careful when you chew. If you're that worried about lead, start using steel shot or other more environmentally friendly loads.

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