It's all over but the post mortum.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicknewbie, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. chicknewbie

    chicknewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,
    I had my first chicken death yesterday. This is my first experience at raising chickens and I started this flock of 8 hens, one roo, 2 years ago. I had 2 Leghorn/RIRed sex link hens that had enlarged abdomens. They waddled when they walked, had pale combs, and a lot of poo stuck to their butts. When they first started acting sick I thought it might be worms so gave wormer. After a month they seemed a little better but not normal and the abdomen seemed even bigger. I did a lot of reading and thought maybe it was an egg problem. Day before yesterday I gave one of the hens a warm soapy soak, which she seemed to relax into. I the process I discovered a mite infestation. After getting her dry I decided to try the pillowcase filled with DE to dust her down. She did not put up much of a struggle but during the process I turned her upside down to powder her bottom and she died. I felt bad but after doing a necropsy of her I know she was not long for this world anyway. Now I'm just looking for an explanation of what she had. When I opened her up she had 2 hand sized masses on either side of her body. They were yellow in color and very dense weighing half a pound or so each. Could this be months worth of egg material that solidified? With 8 hens I don't know who lays what but I usually get 3 to 4 eggs a day. The other hen is still alive but I'm thinking it might be best to put her down. As I said I can not imagine survival of this situation. All ideas welcome. Thanks
     
  2. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. chicknewbie

    chicknewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Kitty Cat. I read the links you posted and you may be right. I don't have experience looking at internal organs and such so can not be sure what I'm looking at. These masses seemed to be inside of an organ as I had to cut through tough tissue to get to them.
     
  4. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Chickenewbie,

    I live right up the road from you. Small world ! I think your problem sounds like an egg issue and your girl was loaded with egg yokes that never formed eggs. I also have had my girls for 2 years and never encountered any laying problems, but I am sure there are those on this forum who know what could have caused your problem.
     

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