It is an unfortunate reality that chickens will die inevitably at some point. But what happens when several young birds die in succession? The cause of the death of your beloved bird may have been an illness. Isn't it useful to know what caused your loss(es) so you can prevent it from happening again? If possible, have your local laboratory perform a necropsy on the bird.

During a chicken necropsy, the cause of illness and/or death of the animal is determined. Necropsies can be extremely helpful in detecting outbreaks of illnesses in livestock as well as companion animals.

Alabama
Alabama Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories
Alaska
Alaska State Environmental Health Laboratory
Arizona
Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories
Arkansas
Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission Laboratory
University of Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
California
California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System
Colorado
Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Connecticut
Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
Delaware
University of Delaware Lasher Laboratory
Delaware Department of Agriculture- Poultry and Animal Health Section
Florida
Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Georgia
Georgia Poultry Laboratory
Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Hawaii
Hawaii State Veterinary Laboratory
Idaho
Idaho Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratory
Illinois
University of Illinois- College of Veterinary Medicine
Illinois Animal Disease Laboratory
Indiana
Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University
Iowa
Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Kansas
Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Kentucky
University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Breathitt Veterinary Center
Louisiana
Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Maine
University of Maine Animal Health Lab

Maryland
Frederick Animal Health Laboratory
Massachusetts
William A. Hinton State Laboratory
Michigan
Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health
Minnesota
University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Mississippi
Mississippi Veterinary Research & Diagnostic Laboratory
Missouri
University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
Missouri Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Montana
Montana Department of Livestock Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Nebraska
University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center
Nevada
State of Nevada Animal Disease Laboratory
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
New Jersey
New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Services (requires veterinarian referral)
New York
Animal Health Diagnostic Center- Cornell University
North Carolina
North Carolina Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (Raleigh)
North Dakota
North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Ohio
Ohio Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Oregon
Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Oregon Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratory
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory Systems
Rhode Island
TBD
South Carolina
Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center
South Dakota
South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory
Tennessee
C.E. Kord Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Tennessee- College of Veterinary Medicine (requires veterinarian referral)
Texas
Utah
Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Vermont
Vermont Agricultural & Environmental Laboratory
Virginia
VDACS Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory
Washington
Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory–Avian Health & Food Safety Laboratory
West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Agriculture-Animal Health Division
Wisconsin
Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Wyoming
Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory


Necropsy Manual​


Necropsy Videos


Chicken 1: Field Chicken Necropsy, by Dr. Dan Wolfe

Chicken 2: Academic Necropsy