Avian necropsy??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lickskillet, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

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    Anyone ever had one of these done? My hen died tonight, just a few minutes ago, and I need to know how she is to be shipped to the University (different city). I knew it was coming, I just put off calling the University, to ask how things are done, you know cup half full....
    I will call as soon as they open in the morning, I just want to have some idea as to what needs to be done. I have wrapped my hen, ISIS in two plastic walmart bags, as she won't fit into a gallon freezer bag, and put her in the freezer. Is this OK??? Thanks for any advice!! [​IMG] I just want to find out WHAT was wrong with her... Thanks
     
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  2. MikasGirl

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    We just sent in our dead hen for a necropsy. There are 2.5 gallon ziploc bags. When would u be sending her in?
     
  3. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

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    Tomorrow! I'll go out tonight and get the bags, if needed? Do I need to get special ice packs or anything? To keep her (fresh)? Thanks
     
  4. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in Oregon, but it is probably the same there. Here is a link to our site on what you should do: http://oregonstate.edu/vetmed/diagnostic/client-guide

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    is what we did:

    -Overnight we put Night in a ziploc bag. Then we put that ziploc bag in another ziploce bag. She should be on ice overnight so that the body is preserved.
    -That next morning, we took the outside ziploc bag off because it was wet with ice and put a new one on her already bagged body.
    -Then we put her in a plastic storage bin that we bought at the store. You are going to want to put layers of newspaper underneath the body.
    -We then added some ice packs(don't use ice because it will leak) inside the container with her. (The body should be in a bag or it will become ruined)
    -Then we put the container in a shipping box surrounded with layers upon layers upon layers of bubble wrap so that it was a tight fit. Keep in mind that you don't want too much movement inside of the box.
    -Then we just shipped it.
    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! Good luck!

    -Cass

    PS- We sent her from the post office.
     
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  5. hinkjc

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    I don't believe you should freeze them. I've heard they should only be refrigerated when going for necropsy, but the lab would be able to answer that.
     
  6. Pumpkinpup

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    I was told not to freeze a bird that is intended for necropsy because if she died of a bacteria it could kill the evidence and you would never know for sure.
     
  7. MikasGirl

    MikasGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't mean to freeze the body, we were told to keep her on ice until we sent her body to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
     
  8. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

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    THANK YOU!! That gives me something to go by!! I just took the hen out of the freezer and put her in the frig. I THINK it has something to do with being an internal layer, she hasn't laid for awhile, even though she never had the symptoms of being so, or anything else I could say "Oh that's what is wrong with her". So to be on the safe side, I HAVE to know, you know? Thanks again!!!!! I appreciate it!

    Crossing fingers that it's not something more serious!! [​IMG]
     
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  9. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    I wish you the best of luck, sweetie. [​IMG] I am sorry you lost her. Keep us posted about how it goes.
     
  10. lickskillet

    lickskillet *Home of the Shoveler*

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    Thanks Robin! I'm going to call when they open at eight in the morning. I have filled out the form they had on their website, I wonder how long it will take for them to find out something... This was one of my GOOD egg layers too (EE mix). And a real personable one to boot. As a side note, Little ROOROO (lol) your BC marans grandchick hasn't started to crow yet, my daughters are anxiously waiting to hear him! He's our ONLY roo! [​IMG] Thanks for the good wishes, as soon as I get any info back I'll post it for all to read. [​IMG]
     

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