Spontaneous liver rupture in otherwise healthy hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by quiminco, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. quiminco

    quiminco Just Hatched

    Mar 21, 2016
    Western NC
    I had a 1 year old buff orpington hen who died of a spontaneous liver rupture and subsequent internal hemorrhage; it was confirmed on necropsy. I know this sort of thing is typically associated with obesity and fatty liver, but she was only slightly overweight (I feed corn-free New Country Organics layer and they free-range, no table scraps. She was an incredibly voracious forager though). She had no signs or symptoms of anything wrong before it happened- the evening before she was as active as ever, laying and eating normally, not a hint in the world that something was wrong. I found her about ten minutes before she died the next day.

    Has this ever happened to anyone else? It's kind of scary, and sad.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Sorry about your hen. So, with the necropsy, was anything mentioned about fatty liver hemorrhagic disease, or did you do it yourself? I have not seen this before, and hopefully others will post if they have. Fatty liver is more common in caged chickens and in white egg layers. Besides excessive eating, mycotoxins or mold fungus can be a cause. Could the hen have gotten hold of rat poison or eaten a mouse who had consumed it? Are there any plants she could have nibbled on which might be toxic? Has she ever had coccidiosis or been treated with antibiotics which might have decreased her vitamin K? Here are good links on fatty liver disease, and I will check back for others' response:

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