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necropsy photo (graphic) - is this a normal amount of body fat?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meganblythe, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. meganblythe

    meganblythe In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2012
    I recently had two 1-year old hens die suddenly. Both were freedom rangers (a little experiment to see how these meat birds would do as egg layers). I did a necropsy on the second one that died and found a few things that were clearly wrong (yellow fluid in body cavity and a partially calcified egg free floating in the body cavity). I wasn't too surprised by this because two other freedom rangers had also died in the preceding months and a necropsy on one revealed a blocked oviduct. My question is about the amount of body fat I found in this hen - I'm wondering if the amount of body fat shown in this picture is normal or excessive. The layer of fat around the outer edge of the body cavity shown in the picture below is 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. It seemed excessive to me, but this is my first venture with laying hens so I don't know what is normal...

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  2. DStewart PDX

    DStewart PDX Chirping

    May 25, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Goodness, no, that is unlike anything I have seen in my layers. My understanding with the meat breeds is they are not going to be healthy in old age. Their rate of growth makes them susceptible to the kinds of illnesses associated with obesity, such as fatty liver and heart disease. I don't know if the Freedom Rangers are considered a breed that can independently reproduce and keep the flock going. But the CornishX and Heritage White certainly could not for reasons of poor health and function. Interesting experiment, though, to try to keep them longer.
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Sorry for your losses... Definetly not normal, and thanks for sharing, those are great pictures to learn from!


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