Anatomy experts needed, Necropsy img GRAPHIC

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by taprock, May 13, 2011.

  1. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    I have mainly Polish chickens who are 10 months old. They free range at least part to most of the day. Monday we found one dead outside. The only thing out of the ordinary was her vent was prolapsed slightly. Wednesday I had two hens acting sick. A Production Red who was swollen under her vent and bruising lower and a Polish who had a collapsed egg. They went into a crate but are now doing well and in GP. Today we found another Polish near death. She had broken the tip of her beak and was bleeding. After we found her she never opened her eyes, had trouble breathing and died within 10 minutes. Afterward we noticed her vent was also distended. We did a necropsy to see if there was any obvious problems. There were not - at least that we can tell. She is very fat. Here are pictures for those of you who know more. Is there anything that looks wrong? Are my birds dying because they are too fat? Advise?

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    That doesn't look like an abnormal amount of fat to me, and the liver looks OK. What about the ovary and eggs? Are internal layer or tumor of the ovary possibilities?

    Speckledhen has some great pics on here somewhere of an autopsy of an internal layer. I don't have a link but you can find it with a search.

    eta here's an excellent thread about internal laying:

    here's the internal layer autopsy:
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