I had to cut her open and look before I buried her today. There must have been at least a QUART of yellow clear fluid in her abdomen, poor thing. Pretty awful. She had not laid for 1 1/2 years and had been swollen for a few months, penguin stance the past month. We put her out of her misery last night. Please take a look below if you like and let me know what you think. I didn't take the time to pull everything out all nice, but there sure looked to be several things wrong.
Her gut had swelled up but I think that was due to the 16 hours between death and necropsy. Please excuse my sloppy work- wanted to get it over with! And my shears are dull :(
GRAPHIC PICS OF INSIDE OF A SICK HEN
1. her liver is smallish and has this weird pale cheesy mass in several locations....is this a tumor? Liver was adhered to it,
2. obviously egg material or tumors stuck in her oviducts...hard brown lumps.
3. What is this swollen sac above her heart? Firm, has yellowish dots inside it. I don't recall seeing this in the other necropsy I've done.
Would love to hear any input. This hen was 3 years old, and the 3rd out of 5 different breeds that I got at the same time (maybe from the same hatchery, will check with feedstore) that have developed issues. So far, the Americaunas and the barred Rock are doing fine.
Edited by AbbyDog - 6/15/12 at 9:33am