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What killed my hen?

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I found a young layer sitting on the roost, very lethargic. Wouldn't eat or drink. Could barely hold herself up. Her belly was very full and she looked like had been deficating fine. I thought maybe she had an egg stuck so I put her in some warm water. She died about 5 minutes later. Curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to find out what took my sweet hen. After some investigation I found she was completely full of urine. What would cause my hen to hold so much urine?
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Welcome to BYC:welcome

Sorry to hear about your girl.

Chickens do not have "urine" they only have poo which contains urates.

Without a photo, my best guess would be what you are seeing is egg yolks and whites.

Its sound like she may have had internal laying issues and the fluid you found was due to that.

 

 

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/egg-laying-issues/index.aspx

http://scoopfromthecoop.nutrenaworld.com/tag/laying-issues/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/eggyolkperitonitis.html

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Ok. I'm new to the chicken world, one would think by now I would know that they only poo! **emberassed**
Thank you for the info. The fluid was yellow and turned green, I'm assuming she was already septic. No egg present, just this brown mushy substance that seemed to be blocking where the eggs come out. Thank you for the resource, I will check it out.
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Ok. I'm new to the chicken world, one would think by now I would know that they only poo! **emberassed**
Thank you for the info. The fluid was yellow and turned green, I'm assuming she was already septic. No egg present, just this brown mushy substance that seemed to be blocking where the eggs come out. Thank you for the resource, I will check it out.


There are so many things to learn. It will take a lifetime and more to get it all :)

No need at all to be embarrassed, it is understandable to think the fluid would be urine.

Poor thing, it does sound like their was a severe infection.

I think it's great you were able to do a necropsy to investigate! That went a long way in trying to hopefully understand what was going on.

Wishing you and the rest of your flock health and success.

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Another resource:  http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-causes-of-chicken-swollen-abdomen.aspx

 

The "full belly" and yellow fluid sounds like probable ascites or water belly, based on your description.

If so, could have been heart or liver problem.

I'm sorry for your loss.

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