Had to euthanize my baby today...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kestrel42, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. kestrel42

    kestrel42 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got home from work and found my beautiful Americauna down in the hen house being pecked to death by her sister hens. Rushed her to hospital but things looked bad. She had a fever, couldn't move her legs, could barley raise her head and had a heart murmur. I thought about hospitalizing her overnight, but it just seemed silly to do it when her chances were so bad. So $200 later I have a dead chicken in the refrigerator and another decision to make- should I send her in for a necropsy to determine why she died? The vet was not a chicken expert but had some exp w chickens. She thought it might have been mereks since there were neurological losses, but the heart murmur is a weird symptom that indicates it may have been something else. Any advice? This was a favorite bird of mine...
     
  2. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully it wasn't mareks...if it was, your entire flock could be in trouble.
     
  3. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Lyman, ME
    So sorry for your loss [​IMG] It is so hard to lose a bird, they each have a special place in our heart. It might be worthwhile to send her in for necropsy, it would give you information on why she died so you can learn from her death and also watch your other birds if it is something that the others could become ill from. SO sorry again, it is always the favorites [​IMG]
     
  4. faerielady

    faerielady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2009
    Oklahoma
    Quote:E. coli can mimic Mereks.
     
  5. kestrel42

    kestrel42 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the kind words. She WAS a cool bird. She showed no overt signs of illness prior to today but she had stopped laying a few weeks ago. I thought it was just the time of year. She was my only bird to lay non brown eggs so hers stood out! She was almost 8 months old-I thought that mereks usually hit them younger than that?
     

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