Processed a bird yesterday...golden colored liver?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BigDaddy'sGurl, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    I processed a bird I simply couldn't deal with anymore yesterday and found something unusual:


    Black sex-link pullet hatched early May 2011

    VERY flightly and neurotic

    Highly stressed at all times

    HUGE size, outgrew her mother and father

    Had not reached sexual maturity (possibly due to the high level of paranoia and stress? Which, by the way was the ultimate reason I couldn't tolerate her anymore..sick of the stress she was adding to my flock with her violent thrashing and squawking any time another chicken walked by or I showed my face outside...she did this in an attempt to "escape" even when nobody was interested in her and nobody had ever attacked or provoked her... she has been this neurotic since hatch but I finally had enough of her upsetting the flock dynamic)

    My findings upon processing: she was still at least a month from laying by what I could tell, all organs appeared fairly typical except an enlarged and almost golden colored liver? I offer scratch as a treat, and not too often. A 25 lb bag lasts my flock of 25 (+/-) birds at least a month....

    She was young, I skinned her so no scalding.... ? What could cause this? She was otherwise a healthy big bird? Her mother is a barred rock and her father was a buff orpington.
  2. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Might be fatty liver. Was there much fat in her abdomen?
  3. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010
    Agree with Tracydr, fatty liver. Apart from the scratch, what was their main diet? Just curious, as I saw fatty liver explosions among meat birds when moved from a sprout diet to commercial meat finisher. I felt it might be the artificial amino acids in the commercial feed. But perhaps any high energy feed (meat finisher would assuredly be high energy) would do it, in which case whole unsprouted grain might be the culprit here.

    Just some thoughts, I'm no expert,
  4. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Thank you both! Yes, the bird did have some extra fat in various areas, but not so much as I would associate with having a fatty liver...

    Her diet was primarily 18% starter/grower for the first 24 weeks and then has been 16% layer pellets since. When I say I use scratch, I literally use maybe a cup and a half a day for 25 or more birds... ?

    Thanks for the responses! What worries me about the fatty liver thing is that she was eating basically what the rest of my flock eats so should I worry about the health of my other birds?
  5. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you up the greens, maybe with alfalfa pellets or produce and stop using scratch?
  6. BoomChickaRocka

    BoomChickaRocka Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2011
    the bird is dead
  7. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's worried about her other birds, though.

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