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#5538863 - 01/12/15 08:30 PM Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease
Barasingha Offline
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Registered: 10/29/11
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I shot a nice drake wood duck this AM. When I went to clean it I first thought it was full of maggots. After some research I found it had what is known as Sacrocystis or rice breast disease. Apparently, it is a parasitic infection. When ducks get it they apparently don't look or act sick as I can attest from this bird. The cysts occur in the skeletal muscles.

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#5538869 - 01/12/15 08:33 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
Erichugh22 Offline
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Registered: 09/14/10
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Yepp I have seen it a few times. Grosses me out

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#5538876 - 01/12/15 08:35 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Erichugh22]
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Hard core duck hunters eat that.

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#5538888 - 01/12/15 08:39 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
Erichugh22 Offline
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If you fish the coast, check the next trout you clean. Most of them have worms that look like that through the fillet. Doesn't bother me in fish though, just ducks.

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#5538923 - 01/12/15 08:51 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
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See it a few times a year in North Texas birds
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#5538966 - 01/12/15 09:02 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
Corn Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
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Loc: Duck City, TX
First green head of the season had rice breast

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#5539036 - 01/12/15 09:26 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
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For reference, don't think you can feed it to the dogs.
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#5539041 - 01/12/15 09:28 PM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
Navasot Offline
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Just protein
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#5539763 - 01/13/15 08:58 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Cody Malone]
JoeCowboy Offline
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Registered: 05/02/10
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Originally Posted By: Cody Malone
See it a few times a year in North Texas birds


Ive had a few this year as well in east Texas
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#5539968 - 01/13/15 10:23 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
bobcatt Offline
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seen it many times and can't bring myself to eat it
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#5540054 - 01/13/15 10:49 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
beaversnipe Offline
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Is it crayfishseason yet?

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#5540079 - 01/13/15 10:56 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
SpoonPlatoon Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
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Loc: Palestine
Originally Posted By: Barasingha
I shot a nice drake wood duck this AM. When I went to clean it I first thought it was full of maggots. After some research I found it had what is known as Sacrocystis or rice breast disease. Apparently, it is a parasitic infection. When ducks get it they apparently don't look or act sick as I can attest from this bird. The cysts occur in the skeletal muscles.
Yup. All ducks are subject to it but diet makes pintails, teal, and shovelers more susceptible to it.
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#5540099 - 01/13/15 11:01 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Barasingha]
LarryCopper Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
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I have seen a lot of it in GWT from a particular lake a few years ago. Seemed like a third of them had it. I know it isn't harmful, but... sick
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#5540125 - 01/13/15 11:14 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: LarryCopper]
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Common you guys, do not throw away that meat, that is wanton waste. Some say those little parasites don't taste good, but they just don't know how to cook. The key is to not overcook them, or they get chewy and get stuck in your teeth. Cook'm rare to med-rare... when you bite down on one and it pops, you know you cooked them just right. food

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#5540195 - 01/13/15 11:45 AM Re: Sacrocystis or Rice Breast Disease [Re: Erichugh22]
Gill_97 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/11
Posts: 237
Loc: Rosenberg
Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
If you fish the coast, check the next trout you clean. Most of them have worms that look like that through the fillet. Doesn't bother me in fish though, just ducks.



yup. I'll fry a trout fillet full of worms but when I see that in a duck it just creeps me out.

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