Bird death of fatty liver syndrome-Peanuts to blame?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Attila the Hen, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my Buff Orpington hens died this morning. I am very sad about this and have tried to research the possible causes. Based on what I have discovered, I think she died of fatty liver syndrome which causes sudden death to what appears to be a healthy hen in her egg laying prime. The only signs she displayed were a pale comb which was slightly swollen. It was like this for perhaps months--but she looked well. In fact that is the problem--she looked too well.
    Fatty liver syndrom affects hens and is caused from overeating high energy foods. Fat builds up around the liver which ruptures and the bird dies of hemorghing (sp?) In my case the culprit may likely be feeding peanuts to my birds which I now find is not recommended. The other problem with peanuts is that they may harbor toxins. See:

    http://www.provet.co.uk/petfacts/healthtips/aflatoxinpeanuts.htmnuts

    My birds love peanuts and I have fed them peanuts liberally. That will stop.
    Basically, I feel like I killed my hen with indulgence AKA love.
     
  2. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, sorry for you loss.
     
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    [​IMG] I'm sorry you lost your hen. Thank you for the warning.
     
  4. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I couldn't get the link to open but I'm not so sure you killed your hen with peanuts. Peanuts are in countless bird seed mixtures and my roo has been eating them for 9 years now......
    If they are really bad, it's going to be an awakening to countless folks feeding birds the world over..... so I hope they are not a serious problem.
    I'm so sorry about your hen [​IMG] [​IMG]
    JJ
     
  6. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:http://www.provet.co.uk/petfacts/healthtips/aflatoxinpeanuts.htm

    Here--this will get you into the site I think. I had too many letters on it. It is from the UK and dated 2008 but I saw peanuts, chickens and other birds noted in other articles. You might want to run it through your search engine.
    Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and understanding. Not everyone at work understood about crying over a chicken...........(crass remarks about putting her in the frying pan.)
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:http://www.provet.co.uk/petfacts/healthtips/aflatoxinpeanuts.htm

    Here--this will get you into the site I think. I had too many letters on it. It is from the UK and dated 2008 but I saw peanuts, chickens and other birds noted in other articles. You might want to run it through your search engine.
    Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and understanding. Not everyone at work understood about crying over a chicken...........(crass remarks about putting her in the frying pan.)

    So sorry some people don't get it about our feathered friends [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Thanks for the link - that one worked. I feed peanuts to the squirrels every morning too [​IMG], plus they're in every bag of birdseed I use and I feed liberally to my chickens.... hope I haven't been feeding everyone toxins [​IMG]
    So sorry again......
    JJ
     

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