Necropsy Report - Was: Very Thin, Pale and Lethargic Hen w/Swollen Legs, Feet and Wattles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by casportpony, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Has anyone seen anything like this before?

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    Silver Phoenix hen, 2 years old, 740 grams, *very* thin.
    Updated 11-12, 12:12pm - Cloacal temperature is 107.8.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.
    Depressed, lethargic, fluffed up and *very* pale.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    Just noticed yesterday.

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
    No.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
    Swelling and bruising on feet, legs and hocks. Legs feel warm. Some swelling and bruising on wattles.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    I have no idea.

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    Drank a few sips, pecked at some crumble.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Yellow urates and greenish solids w/strong ammonia smell, I think.

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
    Brought inside warm house, dusted for mites/lice with poultry dust, gave fenbendazole orally. She has leg mites, but has not been treated for those. Other than the leg mites, she did not appear to have any other mites/lice.
    Updated 11-12, 9:30am - Gave 15cc's of lactated ringers orally and metronidazole.


    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    Will treat at home with tube feeding and fluids.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    See below.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use.
    Hen was free ranging with her two 3 month old chicks, don't know where they roost. Now inside in a box on towel with food and water.

    I'm wondering if this could be gout and renal failure? I really could use some advice. Then there's the yellow urates. To me, that says liver. Help, please!



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  2. dawg53

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    I'm not sure about liver failure. My thinking is perhaps tenosynovitis or mycoplasma synoviae (MS.) However with either disease, other birds could possibly show symptoms as well. Ecoli bacterial infection could be an issue as well.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Thanks, I will read up on those.
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Despite my best efforts, the hen died yesterday. Have her packed and ready to FedEx to the lab... Should have preliminary necropsy results by tomorrow afternoon.
     
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  5. dawg53

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Thanks... It will be interesting to see the necropsy results, which I will post. I started off re-hydrating her with with lactated ringers through a tube and then I tube fed her baby bird food. She actually looked like she was getting better, and the ammonia smell dissipated, but her poop never lost that yellow color. She went from 740 grams to 850 grams and then started to decline. Her last two days were nothing but seizures and looking like she was going through the throes of death. If I had to guess, I would say that her cause of death was kidney and/or liver liver related, with possible internal bleeding.
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Here is the preliminary necropsy report:

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  9. mafaulhab

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    My rooster seems to have some of the same symptoms as your hen. Did you get the final results? His feet look exactly like your photos and he is very lethargic. His stool is formed and green with out odor. He is eating and drinking well and I have him on antibiotics, but he is still lethargic and has a very difficult time walking. He no longer crows or roosts. Maybe there will still be time to save him...
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    The final result showed the cause of death as Marek's

    -Kathy
     
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