Update, Necropsy Results

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  1. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like it was her liver.. 91/2 months old. Strange if you ask me, but here are the results
    Post-mortem Examination
    The necropsy was performed by Dr. Brian Stevens on January 11, 2018 at 8:00 am.
    EXTERNAL FINDINGS:
    The female chicken weighs 2.513 kg and is in good body condition with normal muscle mass, excess fat reserves, and normal hydration. Thereisayellowbandontheleftleg.
    INTERNAL FINDINGS:
    The liver is diffusely friable and pale tan. The left liver lobe is mottled red and tan over the surface and on cut section, there is scattered hemorrhage affecting approximately 40% of the left liver lobe. There is a large free-floating blood clot loosely adhered to the left liver lobe, which contains approximately 100 mL of frank blood.
    DIAGNOSIS:
    Liver: Diffuse hepatic lipidosis with parenchymal hemorrhage throughout the left liver lobe Coelom: Hemocoelom
    COMMENTS ON POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION :
    The only significant finding on post-mortem examination of this bird is the severely friable and pale liver with multiple regions of hemorrhage and subsequent coelomic hemorrhage. The amount of blood exuding from this site in combination with the amount of hemorrhagethroughoutthehepaticparenchymawouldhavebeensufficienttohavecausedthesuddendeath. Thepresenceof this hemorrhage as well as the appearance of the underlying hepatic tissue is consistent with the syndrome termed 'fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome'. The exact underlying cause appears to be multifactorial and likely involves a combination of nutritional, genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors. Chickens affected by this condition are typically in good to obese body condition suggesting that diet may play a role in this disease process. This is a chronic process that typically occurs over multiple months and would not be related to any recent changes in feeding practices. Histopathology of all tissue is pending to rule out any other underlying disease condition, which may have contributed to hepatic rupture in this case.
    Reference : Trott KA et al. Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome in the backyard chicken: a retrospective histopathologic case series. Vet Pathol 51(4):787-795, 2014.
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    This happened on Wednesday 1/10-18
    This afternoon I went to do my usual check of the flock and when I opened the coop door one of my 9-1/2 month old Buff Orpingtons hens was laying there dead. I was devastated, these birds are my babies. Last night and this morning she was absolutely fine. I looked her over forinjuries and found none. I did however think her vent looked odd and took a photo. I also took her for a necropsy and will know theresults in the next 24-48 hours. The only thing the pathologist said was that chickens are like goldfish they sometimes just die. I was not happy with that, but I’ll know the real reason soon enough, but waiting is driving me nuts in case it’s something that could cause more of my babies to die Could she have a prolapseand would it cause sudden death? It’s been super cold until this Monday today beingWednesday and egg production has been way down except for my two khaki Campbell ducks who lay everyday regardless. But yesterday and today egg production was almost back to normal.
     
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  2. rusty acres

    rusty acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very sorry for your loss. Based on the necropsy, it sounds like there wasn't anything you could've done to prevent it, but still it's very hard to lose a pet that you've dedicated so much time and love to.
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Thank you for sharing the results with us.

    May I ask what type of food/treats do you feed?
    One thing I noticed on the report was "excess fat reserves" this can make it harder on the liver (fatty liver hemorrhagic disease). Also excess fat can make layers more prone to prolapsed vents, difficultly laying eggs (egg binding) and heat stroke among other things.
     
  4. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    I learned that the hard way myself. I fed corn and flock raiser every day. I culled a roo and it was coated in fat on every organ in his body. Then lost a hen to prolapse before I realized the corn was doing it . Treats 10% of their diet not 50/50 like I was doing . :oops:
     
  6. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None of this makes sense first of all she was only 9 1/2 months old they say this happens in older chickens. Second of all she doesn’t or any of them get extra corn at all only what comes in their feed which is new country organics here is the ingredients .
    http://www.newcountryorganics.com/s...-feed/layer-feed-50-pounds.html#product-tabs2
    We give scrapes but almost all of them are green vegetables.
    They also free range but haven’t lately because of snow and ice, but still go out in their run 20’ by 11’ and their coop is 11x16’
    Makes no sense.
     
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  7. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that too looking up the cause, however I never give them extra corn. I bought some scratch for the first time a few weeks ago because of the extreme cold, and she’s only 91/2 months old. 99% of their diet is new countries organic layer feed. I’m dumbfounded
     
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  8. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also the bag of scratch is only 1/4 gone so that’s how little they get. 20 birds and now 4 new chicks.
     
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  9. flwrldy

    flwrldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
    None of this makes sense first of all she was only 9 1/2 months old they say this happens in older chickens. Second of all she doesn’t or any of them get extra corn at all only what comes in their feed which is new country organics here is the ingredients .
    http://www.newcountryorganics.com/s...-feed/layer-feed-50-pounds.html#product-tabs2
    We give scrapes but almost all of them are green vegetables.
    They also free range but haven’t lately because of snow and ice, but still go out in their run 20’ by 11’ and their coop is 11x16’
    Makes no sense.
     
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  10. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    How long have they been on this feed ? Are they laying ?
     

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