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post #31 of 37

In California necropsies are free, but the body should be refrigerated, not frozen. You could talk to the vet. I would want to find out the cause if possible. Here is a link about sending bodies for necropsies in CA:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/799747/how-to-send-a-bird-for-a-necropsy-pictures

post #32 of 37
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In California necropsies are free, but the body should be refrigerated, not frozen. You could talk to the vet. I would want to find out the cause if possible. Here is a link about sending bodies for necropsies in CA:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/799747/how-to-send-a-bird-for-a-necropsy-pictures
i happen to be found to the vet for the dog tomorrow... Should I bring her? Is it too late now she's frozen?
post #33 of 37
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Do you think it could have been Mareks? I'm in California- does anyone know where I'd send her...and how? I DID get her out if the trash about 4 hours later, with this suggestion from a more experienced friend, and put her in the freezer in the garage (shhhhh...don't tell DH! LOL).

Get her out of the freezer and put her in the fridge instead.

 

Here is a post I did a few years ago:

 

How to Send a Bird for a Necropsy

 

They need the whole bird, refrigerated, not frozen. If you live in CA, there are four labs that do necropsies on poultry (chickens, turkeys, waterfowl) for free. I know that they do out of state necropsies, but I think they charge for those. You could call them and ask what they charge for out of state "backyard poultry". The lab I use is the one in Tulare, CA. If you are in CA, call them and ask for their FedEx account number, it will save a bunch on shipping charges.

 

CAHFS

18830 Road 112
Tulare, CA 93274-9042

(559) 688-7543
(559) 686-4231 (FAX)

cahfstulare@cahfs.ucdavis.edu

 

 

The other labs are listed here:

http://www.cahfs.ucdavis.edu/services/lab_locations.cfm

 

If it's Friday, unless you want to overnight for Saturday delivery, I would suggest shipping on Monday for Tuesday delivery. What you need to do, if you haven't already done so, is put your bird in your refrigerator, NOT the freezer! Then you need to find a box, line it with styrofoam (I use the 4'x8'x1" stuff from Home Depot. You can also get smaller pieces at an art store like Michael's, but is way more expensive. Click here to see foam options. You'll also need at least one ice pack. Here are some pictures that I took of the last bird that I sent:

 

Box lined with foam on four sides and bottom. Seams of foam taped sealed.

1000

 

Box, sides, bottom and and top.

1000

 

Frozen ice pack in ziplock baggie.

1000

 

Brown paper on top of ice pack.

1000

 

Hen in ziplock baggie on top of brown paper.

1000

 

Brown paper on top of hen.

1000

 

Ice pack on top of brown paper.

1000

 

Lid on top of brown paper.

1000

 

Inside the box you should also include a submission form in a ziplock baggie. Do not tell anyone at FedEx that you're shipping a dead animal... that seems to really worry them. Just make sure that nothing will leak.

 

Hope this helps!

 

-Kathy

post #34 of 37

Lab closest to you is San Bernardino

 

San Bernardino Laboratory

The San Bernardino laboratory provides diagnostic laboratory support for the livestock and poultry industries of southern California, and conducts serological tests required for programs of the Animal Health Branch. It is staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic support in pathology, bacteriology, mycology, milk quality, serology, and some aspects of virology and parasitology. It serves as a point of access for all services offered by the CAHFS.

The San Bernardino Laboratory accepts AVIAN, LIVESTOCK, and HORSE submissions:  avian carcasses and biopsies, livestock and horse carcasses and biopsies, serology and bacterial cultures.

105 W Central Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408 2113

(909) 383-4287
(909) 884-5980 (FAX)

cahfssanbernardino@cahfs.ucdavis.edu

post #35 of 37
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She flapped her wings and died in my arms. Just as she did, vomit, or bile, seeped from her mouth and nose. Did I accidentally kill her (from tube feeding)?!? I'm so upset. She was so beautiful and I let her down.


sorry for your loss.

 

many years ago I had a budgy parrot who died and some liquid seeped from his mouth and nose. the vet told me he had some respiratory disease and his lungs/sacks had liquid. no bird can survive this condition. I am not sure what is the cause of death of your bird, this was my experience. you did the best you could.

post #36 of 37

So I'm assuming by this thread that this chicken had an autopsy performed and Marek's was confirmed?  Just wondering because I have a hen with some of the same symptoms...

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Yes.😔
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