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Necropsy: Graphic. Ascites (fluid filled abdomen) after illness

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I ended the battle to help this hen get well.  She was suffering too much.  A necropsy confirms that.  Below are the graphic pics in case it helps someone.

After much reading, I think this hen may have been doomed from shortly after birth.  She was given to me by a city hen keeper who said the other hens picked on her too much.  Her age was about 7 months. She had been basically hand raised, and never foraged with my other hens, although I never saw them pick on her.  She stayed right by the feed tray and ate too much and excercised too little.  I think it led to issues with her liver, which eventually failed.  I also think the period of wet weather we had, where the feed got wet and the water got too dirty, helped put her over the edge.  Although she did have lice, which I treated, and although I treated her for other worms, I don't think any of that caused her troubles.  I only gave her 1 treatment for cocci because the vet said the number she saw on the slide (2) could not be significant enough to cause the issues.

 

Anyway, here's the results. Feedback/observations welcomed:

 

1.) She had become so bloated, she didn't stand for three days:

 

 

 

2.) Abdomen distended:

 

 

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4.) 1st layer removed:

 

 

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6.) 2nd layer removed.

 

 

7.) Note the fluid filled sac at 3:00.

 

 

8.) You should be able to click for a larger image.  There are multiple fluid-filled sacs, as well as the fluid in the abdominal cavity.

 

 

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14.) The egg shaped balloon at the bottom is filled with air, nothing more.

 

 

15.) Future eggs.  She had not layed since she became ill 5 weeks ago.  As I understand it, she had more than she should have had in the same stage of development.

 

 

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18.) This is the amount of fluid that was in her abdomen:

 

 

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20.) Heart:

 

 

21.) Liver:

 

 

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25.) Gizzard. 

 

 

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post #2 of 6

You did a very professional job on the pics.  Not sure what she would have had, but a very nice neat job altogether. I had a pet rooster last year that had ascites, and quite obviously liver failure among other things.  So this was interesting to me.

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

Chief Seattle
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Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

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Thanks.  To me, opening them up is an invaluable way to learn and prevent issues or treat others in the future.  I also hope someone sees something that looks familiar to help understand what happened.  I expected to find an enlarged heart because she had a noticeable click that I could hear through the stethoscope the last couple of weeks, but I guess it was just all the fluid.  It looked normal size to me, as did everything else. Necropsies can't reveal everything...

 

She was a very sweet hen.

post #4 of 6

Sorry for your loss, and I admire you to be able to do that.  I haven't been able to yet, though I'm working on it.

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

Chief Seattle
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Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

Chief Seattle
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post #5 of 6

Sorry for your loss.  Thanks very much for the analysis and pics.

 

I just lost a hen to this (I think).  The copious amount of yellow fluid tells the tale.  I was expecting to find an enlarged heart in my hen, I was surprised to see what I thought was a small heart.  But that would seem to support the pathology.  I was more concerned that it might be a flu or infection.

 

Thanks again.

 

Matt J

post #6 of 6

Excellent photos. Thanks for sharing. Necropsies can be very useful, but you are right, they don't explain everything.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 11/6/15 at 10:26pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: currently Rosie, bantam Cochin, and new Vivi a buff silkie. Breeding my own Olive Eggers and dark layers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud grandma. Loving wife.
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