Chickens with white kidneys?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Fruit, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I just processed a couple extra roosters tonight and both of them had white kidneys. They were rather swollen as well. Why? Is it hyperuricemia or gout? if so what caused it? The other organs looks healthy and normal so far as I could tell.

    Also They free range and I feed them layer pellets from TSC. They are about 22 or so, weeks old. 24 maybe. I didn't start layer pellets until they were about 19 weeks. They have been eating a lot of wile red berries from those tartain bushes. or whatever those bushes are called. I'd have to look it up again.

    I inspected one of the kidneys but found nothing wrong with the inside of it- as far as stones or anything of that nature. They definitely are not on antibiotics. For perhaps two or three days three months ago they had access to water that was treated with antibiotics for some goats.

    poos have always been consistently normal. Their behavior is quite happy and healthy.

    Tartarian honeysuckle is the name of the bush producing those berries. They are everywhere around here and they have access to them constantly. Not sure if that could be the cause...
     
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  2. Hoodiyep

    Hoodiyep Out Of The Brooder

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    I am curious as well. [​IMG]
     
  3. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I really can't imagine what it is. They definitely have plenty of water constantly.
     
  4. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    ugh... no one?
     
  5. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    how about now, anyone now?
     
  6. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possibly the calcium in the layer pellets? Just a wild guess.
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    In gout or in kidney failure there are urate (white deposits) over many of the internal organs including the kidneys during necropsy. I wouldn't think the layer pellets caused that in 3 weeks time. I do know that infectious bronchitis can cause kidney damage. This is a pretty interesting finding. I may need to go do some reading. I usually feed my whole flock Flock Raiser 20% with oyster shell on the side free choice because I have roosters and chicks around for part of the year.
     

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