RIP, Maxie GRAPHIC Educational Necropsy Photos of Cause of Death

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by speckledhen, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    One of my Delawares, Maxie, was going downhill for a week. She was in full molt, developed crop stasis, but there was a very hard mass in her abdomen that we had never felt, even in our internal layers. We euthanized her this morning since it was obvious there was no hope and were compelled to see what the heck was in that hard mass, though we were sure it was one of her huge round eggs that had gotten into her abdomen. We were correct, but only to a degree. There were four eggs, one huge with another egg inside of it, plus two others crammed around it in a deflated state, all outside of the oviduct, I think. Here are the photos, for your education....

    You've been warned of the graphic nature, so don't look if you can't take it, but this is a must see for folks, IMO.


  2. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Poor little thing ..... good heavens. I sure would like to know causes of these reproductive disorders.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

    So sorry for your loss. I know she was special to you. [​IMG]
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'm so sorry about the way you've been losing hens to these egg issues. And thanks to you both, for doing this and for showing us. Certainly generates thoughts about breeding these girls for egg production.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Very sorry for your loss. I've been fortunate not having to deal with something like what you have with Maxie. Thank you for the pics.

  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Wow....isnt that amazing? It just goes to show you how intricate the laying system is, and how easily things can go wrong.
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Poor Maxie...I am surprised she was able to run around and scratch a few days ago. Thank you for sharing the pictures for those of us who have not yet faced this issue, it is a great learning experience.

    RIP Maxie. [​IMG]
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Maxie's eggs were always super-jumbos and I had thought that one day, they would be troublesome for her. She and her sisters all began laying quite early, 18-20 weeks old, but her eggs were always much larger than the other girls'. I just wish it wasn't the same old-same old stuff for us. As large as that egg was, even if it had still been in the oviduct, there is no way we could have removed it.

    ETA: Technically, though this was a reproductive malfunction, it was more being egg bound than internal laying. She never exhibited the signs of egg binding, i.e., the penguin stance, trying to strain to lay the egg, etc.

  8. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    Cyn, I'm so sorry that Maxie is gone. [​IMG] She was such a pretty little thing.

    I applaud your courage and dedication to try to solve this mystery of the laying issues in all of our girls by conducting a post mortem on Maxie. That took guts my dear, [no pun intended at all!] and I for one wish to personally thank you for it. [​IMG] In your quest to understand, you enlighten us all. Thank you!

    Didn't we pick up a new member a few months ago who is an avian vet? I so wish I could remember their name. I bet if he saw these pictures, he could give you a reason for why things went so terribly wrong for Maxie. Have you thought of emailing the pictures to the agricultural and animal husbandry department of your state university? They might be able to help. The hardest part is just in finding who you should send it too. [​IMG]

    Again Cyn, I'm so sorry she's gone. But I know you did the right thing. You helped her on her way at the time she needed you to do so the most. She's on the other side, with sweet Ivy and all of the other girls who have crossed over the bridge ahead of her. As sad as we are to see her go, they on the other side are equally excited that "Here She COMES!!!" [​IMG] Keep that in mind and the rest is a bit easier to take. [​IMG]
  9. X2Farm

    X2Farm Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Homer, GA
    RIP Maxie [​IMG]

    Thanks for the photos Cynthia, very educational for us that haven't dealt with this kinda stuff before [​IMG]

  10. corancher

    corancher Songster

    Apr 18, 2007

    Sorry for your loss, however I always glad that you share as an educational experience for the rest of us.

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