@casportpony and @Free Spirit I heard back from the vets after the necropsy on Lilah. They found that she was basically infected everywhere and died from septicemia. Her lungs and intestines were very infected, heavy, and greenish. They said she probably had pneumonia but she never showed any sign of respiratory distress other than on the night she died she was breathing just a smidge heavier than usual. No discharge from eyes, nose or mouth , no coughing, no open mouth breathing. They think her intestines essentially shut down and that is why we stopped seeing blood. Her abdomen was also full of pus and they were unable to find her ovary. They are unsure in which order everything happened but think it likely she was already immunocompromised for whatever reason and got an e. coli infection. They also think she had salpingitis. I am wondering if she had salpingitis and her ovary ruptured and the infection moved into the abdomen and then systemically. They said the only thing more that we could have done would have been to do a fecal culture but it takes at least 5 days to come back and it costs over $100. If they get it back and it has E. Coli it doesn't necessarily tell them anything because feces are supposed to have E. Coli and it is also present in the environment. They said it is notoriously resistant to antibiotics. As you both know there is not really any cure for salpingitis and it is also antibiotic resistant. They confirmed that I had not accidentally gotten food in her lungs and they said the rocks were not an issue due to how serious her infections were. I wish I had known and could have spared her that last week of suffering but I learned so much from this and from you ladies that I know my flock will benefit and maybe I'll be able to use what I've learned to save another one day. Again thank you both so much for all of your help and encouragement, it really did mean the world to me the last 10 days!
Poor girl. Oh my. That is quite a bit of valuable information. Thank you so much for keeping us updated on the findings and sharing what you have learned.
@casportpony and @Free Spirit I thought I'd share with y'all that one good thing may have come from losing Lilah. The vet approached me to ask if we may be willing to adopt another rooster. I didn't want even one rooster ( our frizzled polish "pullet" turned out to be a roo, with scissor beak no less) much less two but this little guy has been living in the vet clinic since March when he began to feather out and the owner was suspicious that he was a roo. He is some type of bantam mix and is fully grown He weighs a whopping 1 lb, lol! We are in a trial period because we have to make sure that he gets along with Mason ( formerly Amazing Mayzie). He hasn't had a flock since he was a chick and hasn't ever been able to forage around in a yard so I'm hoping it works out and we can give him a good life. We will keep him quarantined for a week ( we would do longer but he came from the vet and we know he is healthy. Asked them to worm him just in case) and then will take a while to safely introduce him to the flock. Fingers ( and feathers) crossed! :) Pic to follow.
Here's hoping all goes well. Looking forward to pics.
Why my pic won't post to this thread but will to another thread I started asking about breed I don't know. Here is the link to the other thread. :) Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1053179/bantam-mix-roo-what-breed#post_16130449
OHHHH... That's one handsome rooster !