Culled a hen found something really weird inside - pics... not to graphic

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by demerson, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. demerson

    demerson Out Of The Brooder

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    Had an old leghorn gal thats been with us so long I can't really say how old she is ( was already laying when we got her) ... at least 5 years ...
    So she showed signs of being egg bound we did all the stuff you're supposed to for it and it didn't help .... so today I culled her and decided to see exactly what egg bound looks like inside and maybe figure out why nothing we did helped.
    I cut her open and I pulled out one giant egg .... it was like the kind you find once in a while with the weird rubbery shell only I had cut through that before I realized what it was ... the pictures are of the "yolk" that was inside that ... anyone seen this before ? I haven't but I am sort of new to chickens as far as any problems ... kind of freaked me out a little hahaha.

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    I cut it open and it appeared to be all one piece ..... very weird
     
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  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    :eek: That's huge. Ive never seen something that big come out of a hen.
     
  3. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!!! That is bizarre!
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    This is what came out of my hen, it weighed 500 grams. The membrane is what used to be her uterus:

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  5. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Wow!!
     
  6. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what is it? I am so curious (couldn't spell intreagued). Is it a cyst?
     
  7. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't know what those are but they look more like some kind of tumor. I am new enough not to have any experience (yet) with clulling old birds. Sure would like to hear from folks that have experience on this one.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I'm guessing that both were a form of egg yolk peritonitis. Mine was definitely an egg, maybe many that got backed up after the first one got stuck.
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss, Demerson and thanks for sharing, it's how we all learn.
     
  10. demerson

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    It was like a giant hard boiled egg yolk I cut it through the middle and it seemed to be one solid piece ....very weird
     

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