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post #11 of 19
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I think I'd like to find out what she died from, I'll probably look up how to do a necropsy sometime today. I don't know if she was ever egg bound, when I felt inside her there was no blockage as far as I could tell.

post #12 of 19

Had she ever laid eggs or was she currently laying? She could have been an internal layer. Sometimes with a necropsy you can see egg-like material in the abdomen. You may want to take pictures of her liver, abdominal contents, inside the crop and gizzard for blockage, and look inside the intestines for worms. A refrigerated body can be sent to the state vet for a full necropsy. There is usually a charge but is free in a few states. Here is a link for that: http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

post #13 of 19

Awww. . Sorry to hear. Poor lady. I am curious as to what it could have been. 

post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
She had been laying for about two months before this. If/when I do a necropsy I will let you all know what happened and possibly post pictures
post #15 of 19

I am so sorry. It is confounding and the learning curve is steep raising and caring for chickens. I found with my girl she internal egg laying. Most were visible on X-ray. The eggs start to stack up inside of her. Keep us posted on what you find, even if it is an X-ray diagnosis on your poor girl at this time. I understand and bless you.

post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 

Quick (and probably strange) question; how long after death can you perform a necropsy on a chicken? She died between 10-20 hours ago (she died while I was sleeping so I don't know exactly when, except that she was cold and stiff by the time I was awake) and now her body smells...

post #17 of 19

If you are keeping her refridgerated, you should have some time. 

post #18 of 19
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I haven't been keeping her refridgerated unfortunately, my family wouldn't appreciate that... In that case I will probably just get rid of her, either by burying her or otherwise.

post #19 of 19

I bury all of my little friend hens. They will not suffer indignity.

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