Diagnostic lab testing help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jamband, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apr 26, 2011
    So i have now lost 5 birds over 3+weeks and I feel like i need to know what up even if only to be prepared better for new birds as I potentially may have to cull the ramaining 26 birds.

    I obviously will contact the lab and ask but from an owners side is there anything specific I should do or ask for? I assume they will give handling directions etc to be sure the bird can be tested.

    Also anyone know how much it might cost or how long it takes for results? I have been losing one about every 4-5 days now.

    thanks
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I don't know what state you are in. My state vet has a grant for initial necropsy to check from avian flu and others like that. The initial necropsy didn't cost me anything but the follow up histology is costing me $35 per bird. I know it can go much higher in some places...if you have another loss, do not freeze the bird, it breaks the tissues down. I was told to refrigerate it. good luck [​IMG]
     
  3. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Quote:I second what she said. I know in Pa it use to be free but now they are charging for blood work when I send it in. If you call them they should tell you the cost. If you can, send the bird overnight or can you take it to them?

    So sorry for your birds.
     
  4. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i can take one the lab is 40 minutes away......

    so how long after death to collect them is ok? i usually find them dead in morning or late afternoon but they potentially have been there several hours already??


    thanks so much
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I would collect when I find, put in bag, wrap in newspaper and ice packs for the ride...in a cooler if you have one....
     

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