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Enlarged liver in dead pullet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by paisley, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. paisley

    paisley Hatching

    Dec 30, 2007
    NY, CT, MA
    This afternoon, I got my first egg from this flock, and found a dead bird. No signs of trouble, and she was still warm.
    Took her inside and tried to revive her, but no use.
    So, I butchered her. Upon cleaning out the gut - I was surprised by a huge liver. This thing was bigger than my hand - and must have been taking up most of the birds cavity.
    Any idea what would cause this? I am worried for the rest of my flock. Also, I am wondering if it is safe to cook and eat the meat?
    Any one ever have a sudden death with a huge liver?
    Thanks for your help.

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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