1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Need info on how/where to send for necropsy

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by janinepeters, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    906
    55
    153
    Jun 9, 2009
    I posted this under emergencies/diseases, but maybe this is the more appropriate section.

    I've had a series of deaths in my chicken flock and want to send the next one for a necropsy. I am suspecting Newcastle disease, as I mentioned in previous posts. I live in Mass., and our county extension office has been sluggish in responding, and reluctant to fund necropsies, even though another person in my same town had the same type of symptoms and deaths in her flock last fall (she called them last fall, and they refused to fund). I could take her to an avian vet on my own, but the only one around here doesn't see birds very often, and doesn't seem terribly knowledgeable. I want to have this done by someone whose findings I can trust.

    Is there someplace reliable to send a body? How do I have to prepare and send her? If it is a bird that I have to put down due to unending suffering, is there a particular method I need to use? Is chopping the head of okay? I prefer to do that because I know that death is as sudden as possible.
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    223
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Contact your State Veterinarian's office and they can answer your questions.

    The County level isn't where it needs to go
     
  3. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    906
    55
    153
    Jun 9, 2009
    I'm sorry, I made a mistake when I said I contacted my county extension office. I HAVE contacted our state extension office, as did my neighbor last fall.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    19,945
    3,104
    476
    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    A decent county extension agent should be tied into the state agencies and your state land grant university and should be able to get you the information of where to get a necropsy done. Some extension agents are better than others.

    But I see that getting one done was not your question. It was getting them to pay for it. That is a different question. Each state has its own ways of going about it, but it is not free in many states.
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    3,479
    47
    246
    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Many states have Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in conjunction with their university ag programs. I do not see one listed for Mass. There is a private lab called Idexx in your region: www.idexx.com

    I'm not sure why you expect anybody else to pay for it. Although some of the labs are state/university owned, this isn't a free government service.
     
  6. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    906
    55
    153
    Jun 9, 2009
    I am willing to pay for it, but they do not seem interested in doing it. As I indicated above, I have looked into having a private vet do it. However, I am concerned that if any vet, private or state employed, does not do deal much with chickens, they are less likely to interpret their findings accurately. This is why I am asking for suggestions, even out of state options.
     
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    3,479
    47
    246
    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:You may be able to deal directly with the lab for a diagnosis, some will only take testing samples from a veterinarian for certain diagnoses. A veterinarian could do the actual necropsy, try to determine what caused the death and then samples out to lab for verification. Once the tests come in from the lab, I doubt there would be much interpretation, the labs are pretty good at detecting and isolating the common avian viruses.

    I would call that private lab in your area for info. Ask whether they can do a necropsy or whether a local vet would be more appropriate, with the local vet using the lab for confirmation. Ask whether it is possible to send blood samples form your live flock for detection/diagnosis. Ask whether they can run a battery tests on the blood or whether you would have pay for individual tests for each specific disease that is suspected. This is their day-to-day business, they should be able to tell you exactly how to go about this.
     
  8. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    906
    55
    153
    Jun 9, 2009
    Thanks - that's good info and advice.
     
  9. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,305
    24
    193
    Apr 28, 2010
    Millersburg, PA
    I contacted my vet and he took care of everything for me!
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,739
    11,505
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by