Disection of girly parts, Eggbound Hen : GRAPHIC

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kassy68, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. kassy68

    kassy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok.. this is a mystery.. found the egg, it was broke out by myself accidently from by her ovary.. not outta the uterus and it was already shelled with a membrane on it.. pictures explain..

    Well , Hilde did not survive her bath this morning. I felt an egg in here via vent yesterday and she got worse and started heavy breathing by this morning when I went out to get her for her bath. She had been pooping yellow liquid.. thought was diarhea since mid yesterday... Now we know why did didn't smell..
    Hilde is sposed to be around 18 mths old. Never has been a great layer.. she laid for a couple days, take a day or 2 off.. etc. then she may lay 3 days straight and take a day off.. She was eating and running around the yard on Saturday and Sunday, she was in and out off the box acting normal except she never laid her egg.

    Here are my Graphic findings. I did as I watched in a video: Um, if you see bubbles,, thats cuz I was dipping my hands into a bucket of hot soapy water as they were gooed from yolk.. LOL

    [​IMG]PUlling back skin to make incision.

    [​IMG]First Cut into belly, this is what we had.. Yolk, and lots of yolk.

    [​IMG] Well I had her this far I decided to just look around, the little green thing is her gall bladder hidden under her liver.. and don't know if you can see it , but her heart tip is just under the upper breast bone.

    [​IMG] OK>. here we find the egg I felt yesterday. In the egg tube still, very thin, very stretched.. the mystery just begins.. as I tried to remove the whole tube at this point the egg popped outta the ova duct.

    [​IMG] Here is the egg, taken out of yet another membrane.. so yes.. this egg was covered by that membrane... Mystery still to me.

    [​IMG] Close up of her Ovary.. but I have already removed the larger yolks that werent broke.. Now all the little beads left are future eggs, these are little yolks growing..

    [​IMG]OK>. now this is the whole reproductive system.. left side in pic is her vent with a few black feathers and going to the right from there is her uterus where the shell gland is(the lump right of the vent), all the way on the right is the ovary.. I did break the tube upon washing the yolk off . BUT> the membrane laying next ot the ova duct is where it broke out from.. NOw from what I've seen this is not right..

    [​IMG]heres a close up of the ovary and the ova duct that the egg popped out of. I know the extra tissue is not normal.

    A. a shelled egg should NOT be back up in that area, however the membrane on the shelled egg makes me think she was trying to make an egg on an egg. This egg was bigger then her normal eggs as is. Also, There is a mass on the tube , tissue.. could it be cancer? Anyway.. that is what I saw.. I'd love to hear what you guys think.. I'm new to chickens this year, and only watched a video of the necropsy.. so forgive my lack of remembering the proper terms..
     
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  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    wow you did a great job for your first time!!!

    I wish I could be more help though.... hopefully someone wiser will come along in a few
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You did great. She may have been eggbound AND an internal layer as well. Poor hen! The egg was probably stuck because of all that material inside her mucking up the works. This is what I keep finding inside the oviducts of all my internal layers. Have lost 6 to that and am about to lose 2 more:

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  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I really don't know if that yellow mass is egg yolk. He reproductive organs look like they were working, there's a fully formed egg in there.

    I think the yellow may either be fat or tissue that covers the abdomen when there is an infection.

    There are lots of grainy white specks all over her organs in the close up picture which would indicate some kind of infection or tumor growth.

    Can you e-mail Peter Brown?
     
  5. kassy68

    kassy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was definitely yolk as it had no smell, except eggy smelling. the fat is definitely there also, we made it through the fat nicely without cutting to deep (thanks to TLC and watching lots of human c-sections.. LOL) The thing that has me confused is the shelled egg was back up to the top with too much extra tissue... Who's peter brown????
    pips&peeps :

    I really don't know if that yellow mass is egg yolk. He reproductive organs look like they were working, there's a fully formed egg in there.

    I think the yellow may either be fat or tissue that covers the abdomen when there is an infection.

    There are lots of grainy white specks all over her organs in the close up picture which would indicate some kind of infection or tumor growth.

    Can you e-mail Peter Brown?​
     
  6. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    Big thank you for the pictures and anatomy lesson. . . . this is the kind of stuff that, even if seen as "yucky", is incredibly useful! [​IMG]
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Dr. Brown (not a real Dr or vet but darn close) you can contact him at Fist State Vet

    http://firststatevetsupply.com/ he know and has seen it all I think... [​IMG]
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Quote:wow is it all the same breed that is doing this? can you trace it to genetics from on hen or a roo even? it is very strange that so many of your chooks have this problem I wonder why....
     
  9. kassy68

    kassy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:wow is it all the same breed that is doing this? can you trace it to genetics from on hen or a roo even? it is very strange that so many of your chooks have this problem I wonder why....

    This girl was a Barred Rock and I don't have a clue where from.. I assume from the local hatchery here in michigan.. I got her in may from a friend who was selling off all of his kids layers.
     
  10. danaljamat

    danaljamat Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow. What an education. Saw it on the video but not sure if I would be brave enough to do it myself. Well done.
     

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