This is a great thread. Last night I bought a "pasture raised" whole chicken from one of the nation's largest "natural foods" markets. I brought it home, and even though the chicken had plastic packaging, I could smell the stinky (ie "bad) chicken smell as soon as I took off the brown paper wrapping. I was upset, but it was late, I was tired, needed to eat, and wasn't about to get back in the car to exchange it. I threw caution to the wind. I rinsed the chicken and cut it in half. I got more worried when my wife yelled at our dog for farting. I said, "it's not the dog, it's the chicken, do you think it's ok?" She was hungry too so we decided to cook it. For me, this was a big mistake. Yes I was worried about getting sick but the thing that really got me was the fact that the stink permeated most every bite. I don't know, maybe I'm just oversensitive as my wife thought it was fine. Nonetheless, I lost all interest and hardly ate any. Yes, I was concerned about getting sick, but aside from some anxiety I didn't have any bad physical reactions.
I guess my point is that other cultures meat aging techniques notwithstanding, personally, raw chicken with that funky smell really grosses me out, and when something disgusts you, for any reason, it's most likely it won't make for an enjoyable culinary experience. Not to mention the inherent dangers of spoilage. Next time I come across that smell, I'll wrap the meat back up, put it outside, and return it the next day.
BTW, I took the 1/2 cooked chicken that was leftover back to the store today where they apologized profusely and gave me a full refund.