Necropsy - coccidiosis and unknown death *GRAPHIC PICS*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by thecochincoop, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a roughly 3 year old bantam cochin roo that became lethargic and thin. His head was dark blood red. Went off feed but was still drinking and had food and water in crop at time of death. food was from day before and not digested. I did not find any coccidia evidence in his cecum or intestines. his lungs appeared very small and deflated to me and I think that may have been something to do with it but I really don't know

    this is what his head looked like but it was darker when alive. the stuff in his mouth was from the flies this morning laying eggs

    there was watery green stool but I think that may have been from not digesting

    this is what came out of the cecum and did not have a horrible odor like from coccidiosis

    found something under his testicles along the backbone and I'm not sure if this is normal or maybe a tumor?




    the mass in question cut open


    gizzard contents

    one chick that died of coccidiosis (fast killing bloody kind)
    you can see the blood in the cecum

    cecum cut open to show lesions and it is also putrid smelling
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2011
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010

    as a non-expert, I think the mass you've found is part of the kidneys. In chickens, the kidneys are a multi-lobed organ that sit right up in the frame of the bird. However they shouldn't have all those white patches, which may be urates and would definitely be a sign of illness.

    Infectious Bronchitis and Marek's can both cause white lesions in the kidneys, though with Marek's it's tumorous growths rather than urates.

    Sorry about your bird, and I don't really know much about what may have gone wrong... Those are what I thought of looking at the photos.[​IMG]

    best wishes,
  3. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    It looks like whole corn in the gizzard. Is that bad for chickens?
  4. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    the corn shouldnt be a problem, he had plenty of rocks to crush it up. I think i found the kidneys and they were ok at least i think that's what they were. I'm hoping someone with more experience can chime in
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    Editted: Last night I hadnt seen all these pictures and I posted before I relooked. So Im editting.

    So sorry [​IMG] He looks like he was a wonderful fella.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2011
  6. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks, and yes he was a great bird. fortunately I do have several chicks from him

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