Necropsy Results

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cheirogloss, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. cheirogloss

    cheirogloss Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2009
    Lenoir, NC
    My BSL hen keeled over yesterday night after 3 days of lethargy, no eating/drinking, and no other obvious symptoms. I took her body to the NCDA Northwestern Livestock Disease Lab in Elkin, NC. The Dr. let me watch the necropsy and the results indicate:

    The hen died of accute gastroenteritis (infection of the small intestines) that led to bleeding, blood clots and necrosis of about 6 in of her small intestine. The necrotic part was swollen to the size of a hotdog while the rest was the size of a pencil. The dr. said she probably ate something really bad, what he could not say, and that there was nothing we could have done to save her short of surjury. Her digestion had stopped and her crop was filled with 3-4 days worth of stuff. He said that trying to force fluids/food would have probably killed her faster.

    On the up side, his initial diagnosis suggests that it was nothing communicable to the rest of the flock. Also, she had no intestinal parasites, so the rest of the flock is probably fine. On the down side, he still sent tissues samples away and cultured the infection. We get a complete report in 1 week, and could learn something negative at that time.

    For those of you in North Carolina, the NCDA only charges $30 for a chicken necropsy. It was well worth it and gave me peace of mind for my flock and absolved some of my guilt that I didn't do enough to save her.
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    So sorry for your loss and thanks for the info.
  3. Nif

    Nif Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Wow, that is great that you got to watch, I am sure it was a learning experience. (don't take that the wrong way, I am sure it was hard to watch since it was one of your chucks!) I think it is commendable that you took the time and effort to get the necropsy done. I will look for your final report...could you post it on this thread so I can try and remember to come back and read your post? thx Glad the rest of your flock are ok!
  4. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    So sorry but thanks for sharing the information.

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